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31 January
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What does What does the item “circled the square” means?
mean?
What does What does the item “circled the square” means?
mean?
mean?
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31 January
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@Erika_2211 Means an impossible problem.
squaring the circle is a problem in geometry: using straightedge and compass make a circle of the same area as a square in a finite number of steps.
Cannot be done.
The proof that it cannot be done led to advances in math and demonstration that pi cannot be expressed as roots of a polynomial (a transcendental number).
The impossibility was suspected in antiquity and Dante refers to it.
Flawed proofs are a favorite subject for mathematical cranks.
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 English (US)
@Erika_2211 Means an impossible problem.
squaring the circle is a problem in geometry: using straightedge and compass make a circle of the same area as a square in a finite number of steps.
Cannot be done.
The proof that it cannot be done led to advances in math and demonstration that pi cannot be expressed as roots of a polynomial (a transcendental number).
The impossibility was suspected in antiquity and Dante refers to it.
Flawed proofs are a favorite subject for mathematical cranks.
 English (US)
@Harry_Neuwirth I agree with this answer but as an idiom it is now often used to mean " let's try to achieve something seeming impossible. "
eg It is difficult to get all the NATO allies onside on this issue but we will have to somehow square that circle.
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