[1 r]August. 11 1789.1
Inclosed I send the Diagram for my method of squaring the Circle, which is compleat, without any fraction, and every part of the Demonstration geometrical which is underneath. 2To be laid before the Royal Academy.
|Preparation.| The Circle is inscribed in a square equall to the Diamiter of the Circle, and within the Circle is another square, whose sides are equall to, or rather, the whole 4 Chords, and by perpendiculars on these |continued.| The circumscribed square is divided into 16 equall triangles (). The inscribed square is made up of eight of the same triangles, & the Circle contains these .8. triangles () and four segments . Now we are to prove that the four segments are equall to 4 triangles & then the Area of the Circle will be equal to 12 triangles. And of course equal to 3/4ers of the Area of the square circumscribed to the Circle ; or equall to the whole +1/2 of the inscribed square: I must premise that a considerable part of the foundation of this Demonstration depends on the proposition of Euclid wh proves that the square of the Hypothenuse is equall to the squares of the two other sides, and consequently that the surfaces of regular & similar figures are as the squares of their Homologous Sides. This posed.
Raise the half or oblong square , by continuing the Chords and drawing the line at the top, and you have 2 small squares, each equall to and divided into 2. triangles .
On the Chord (one of the sides of the right angled triangle ) draw the semicircle , and you will have the semicircle equall to the Quadrant (proposition). But the semicircle and the quadrant have the segment in common, therfore taking away the segmt
, the Lunula as, as is equal to the triangle 3 = triangle 4 = one of the small squares and from thence the semi lunula as = one triangle, , and will be half .
Now = triangle +
|or | take away , remains = &
= triangle + or . Take away & remains .
[1 v] Now you have & . . And by taking away as the Lunula, remains & both together equall to half the little square or one triangle. Then you have .
Yet as there is so little similarity between & I thought proper to give another demonstrative proof of their equality. Look therefore to the next small square wh is divided in the same manner, and further divided by a cross Diagonal into 4 equall triangles , each equal to half a triangle, ; and this Diagonal divides also , into , and , into . Then say
and . Take away .. from both sides and you have 3. Take away from both of the out and you have . Now is a triangle therefore . |But & are equal| and by taking away & you have .
I have shown that
|= |, and . Therefore , q.e.d.
|the segment| = the triangle, , therefore the 4 segments equal four triangles . And therefore the Circle equalls 12 triangles or 3/4ers of the Area of the square circumscribed to the Circle or once & a half the prescribed square, q.e.d.
Now suppose a Circle of 10 Diameter, the Area of one triangle will be, and 3/4 of . év .
And the square of the rad. multiplied by 3 is .
And the solidity of the sphere = 1/2 the Cube, having lost 1/4 in the Angles & 1/4 in the sloping or = 2/3 of the Cylinder layed on the Area of the Circle and 1/3 of the Cylinder = 1/4 of the Cube.
I remain Sir
Your Very obedt & humble Servt
Patrick Browne MD.
Hiberno-Tuamensis in Hibernia
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Sous cette date, légèrement à droite, un trait oblique a été tiré.
Un espace de quelques centimètres précède cette phrase.
L’égalité vraie correspondante est