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Single Curio View: (Seek other curios for this number) Just a small proportion of regular polygons (ngons) can be constructed with compass and straightedge. Gauss proved that if n is a Fermat prime, then it is possible to construct an ngon. Wantzel later proved this condition was also necessary (for prime ngons), so the 65537gon is currently the largest known constructible prime ngon. It took Hermes 10 years and a 200page manuscript to write down a procedure for its construction. Would you like to attempt it?
Submitted: 19990902 18:40:00; Last Modified: 20090815 07:10:10.
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