heptakaidecagon

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heptakaidecagon

[¦hep·tə‚kī′dek·ə‚gän]
(mathematics)
A polygon with 17 sides.
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Then, in 1796, the 19 year old Gauss discovered that it was possible to construct the regular heptadecagon (17-gon).
Gauss was clearly fond of this discovery, and there is a story that he asked to have a heptadecagon carved on his tombstone, like the sphere inscribed in a cylinder on Archimedes' tombstone.
In 1796, however, a young German mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), worked out a method for constructing a heptadecagon (a polygon built up of seventeen sides of equal lengths and sometimes called a seventeengon in consequence), using a compass and straightedge only.