## Trisecting an Angle (Possible?) [Very Interesting Videos]

In O Level E Maths, we learn how to bisect an angle using compass and straightedge (ruler). However, is it possible to trisect an angle?

It turns out it is impossible! This took 2000 years to prove, and requires the use of a very difficult theory called Galois Theory.

Check out this interesting video on trisecting angles:

It turns out it is possible to trisect angles using Origami though:

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### 4 Responses to Trisecting an Angle (Possible?) [Very Interesting Videos]

1. tomcircle says:
2. Pierre Wantzel was the top student in both Concours (Entrance Exams) of Ecole Polytechnique (X) and Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) – a very rare achievement in French history. Evariste Galois failed in the Concours of X twice, later entered theENS but was expelled due to involvement in the Revolution (see the Victor Hugo’s movie ‘Les Miserables’ the student barricades in Paris). Wantzel later made a regretable career mistake to be an average Civil engineer instead of a great mathematician — a similar mistake many Maths talented Singaporeans also made.

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3. So far there are 4 Singaporeans entered X through Concours (for Foreigners) with positions in 1st, 2nd and 4th position in the last 30 years. One of the 1st position X Singaporean also obtained concurrently the 15th position in ENS.

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