circle-squarer

noun

A person who devotes himself to attempts to solve ono of the two impossible problems of squaring the circle, namely: 1st, by means of a ruler and compasses only to construct a square of the same area as a given circle; 2d, to state in exact arithmetical terms the ratio of the circumference to the diameter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

This circle-squarer selected 3.125 as the value for "_pi_," and Mr. Hagger, who was fired with Mr. Dodgson's ambition to convince his correspondent of his error, failed as signally as Mr. Dodgson did.

Mr. Dodgson's method involved a slight knowledge of trigonometry, and he had reason to suspect that Mr. B-- was entirely ignorant of that subject, he thought it worth while to put him to the test by asking him a few questions upon it, but the circle-squarer, with commendable prudence, declined to discuss anything not Euclidean.

"Lucas," the circle-squarer, who explains how, when he was in a room with a lady and her two daughters, he perceived that "this was all that was necessary for him to attain the cubation of two pyramids," is very choice.

A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

[46] This Locke must not be confounded with Richard Lock, the circle-squarer and general paradoxist, who flourished a century earlier.

'I thought it very strange,' wrote a circle-squarer once to De Morgan

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