(mathematics) The problem, proposed by ancient Greek geometers, of using a finite ruler-and-compass construction to make a square with the same area as a given circle.
Quadrature-of-the-circle Sentence Examples
The intercept on the axis of y is 2a/7r; therefore, if it were possible to accurately construct the curve, the quadrature of the circle would be effected.
His chief works are: Astronomical History of Observations of Heavenly Motions and Appearances (1634); Ecliptica prognostica (1634); Controversy with Longomontanus concerning the Quadrature of the Circle (1646?); An Idea of the Mathematics, 12m0 (1650); A Table of Ten Thousand Square Numbers (fol.; 1672).
5 For minute and lengthy details regarding the quadrature of the circle in the Low Countries, see de Haan, " Bouwstoffen voor de geschiedenis, &c.," in Versl.
Montucla, successful attempt to show that quadrature of the circle by a Euclidean construction was impossible.'