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Record 13343

Reading Experience:

'With regard to the division of the circle into 360 parts,- I think it cannot be done by elementary Geometry - at least if M. Gauss is right - who (Leslie tells us) has demonstrated that a polygon can be inscribed in a circle - directly - by means of circles and straight lines - only - when the number of its sides is a prime number and can be denoted by 2n + 1.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1816 and 31 Aug 1816
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Annandale (probably)
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Sir John Leslie
Title: Elements of Geometry
Genre: Mathematics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 13343  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 82
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Carlyle (Durham, 1970), 1, p. 82,, accessed: 19 August 2019

Additional comments:



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