A Taxonomy of Quackery

David S. Richeson in Lapham’s Quarterly: The four impossible “problems of antiquity”—trisecting an angle, doubling the cube, constructing every regular polygon, and squaring the circle—are catnip for mathematical cranks. Every mathematician who has email has received letters from crackpots claiming to have solved these problems. They are so elementary to state that nonmathematicians are unable to resist. Unfortunately, … Continue reading A Taxonomy of Quackery