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"Match-Stick" Geometry

Article by T.R. Dawson
  • Published in 1939
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The following paper arose out of an attempt to improve upon the familiar "match puzzles" one sees in the popular press and which are generally too puerile to be interesting. Following some desultory experiments, it developed that the methods of constructions postulated are capable of determining all points obtainable with ruler and compass, but no others.

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10.2307/3607531

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@article{MatchStickGeometry,
	title = {"Match-Stick" Geometry},
	abstract = {The following paper arose out of an attempt to improve upon the familiar "match puzzles" one sees in the popular press and which are generally too puerile to be interesting. Following some desultory experiments, it developed that the methods of constructions postulated are capable of determining all points obtainable with ruler and compass, but no others.},
	url = {https://www.jstor.org/stable/3607531?seq=1{\#}metadata{\_}info{\_}tab{\_}contents https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/mathematical-gazette/article/abs/matchstick-geometry/7E1F1089E56A1C1EDA907BC95BF59129},
	year = 1939,
	author = {T.R. Dawson},
	comment = {},
	urldate = {2020-12-20},
	doi = {10.2307/3607531},
	collections = {about-proof,easily-explained,fun-maths-facts,geometry,things-to-make-and-do}
}