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Spiral of Theodorus - Discussion

The fact that $\sqrt2$ is not rational goes back to Theodorus of Cyrene from the school of Pythagoras, and is discussed in Plato's dialog "Theaetetus". Of course, $\sqrt n$ is not rational for any ...
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Do there exist an infinite number of 'rational' points in the equilateral triangle $ABC$?

Let's call a point $P$ which satisfies the following condition 'a rational point'. Condition: Each distance $PA, PB, PC$ from a point $P$ to three vertices $A, B, C$ of an equilateral triangle $ABC$ ...
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prove that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using only geometry

Prove that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational using only geometric concepts and proofs. The proof should look like a proof in Euclid's elements or standard high school geometry. No algebra is allowed. (I know ...
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Are “perfect” circles mathematically impossible (and do irrational numbers exist)? [closed]

It occurred to me that while $\pi$ is an irrational number, it is nevertheless the ratio between the circumference and diameter of all circles. This seems like a contradiction. Thinking about it ...
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A hole puncher that hates irrational distances [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Irrational painting device I have a special hole puncher that does the following: When applied to any point $ x \in \mathbb{R}^{2} $, it removes all points in $ ...
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How do continuity, distance and irrationals arise from discreteness?

Consider a square as rendered on a computer screen: its width and height are $N$ pixels each, and its area is $N^2$ pixels. Its diagonal, when measured in pixels, is also $N$ pixels long. If you ...
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Does anybody know the formula for a quasicrystal structure?

I am an architecture student researching into quasicrystals with the hope of applying it to form a complex truss system. I was wondering if anyone new of a formula for the structure? thanks in ...