Lhynard
Acolyte
USA
11 Posts 
Posted  18 May 2017 : 18:15:42

quote: Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart
*put my mathematics degree to use*
The difficulty in a fivesided polygon is in figuring out how to create it with a compass (the one that draws circles, not the one that points north). It's one of those mathematical conundrums that, although you can create almost any of the basic degrees using a compass, the 72 degree needed to create a fivesided polygon is impossible* to do with a compass.
So, the question then becomes how difficult is it to express architecturally in the plans to build one? A foursided pyramid, therefore, becomes MUCH more easier to design and build since 90 degrees is easy to create.
Of course, all this gets tossed out the window once you start using magic and it's "realityisjustaguidline" rulesbreaking.
*impossible, of course is defined as 'hasn't been done yet', of course.
Actually, the ancients solved how to draw a perfect pentagon with a compass and straightedge way back when; it is by no means impossible to do! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon#Construction_of_a_regular_pentagon)
I know that it has been years since this post; my main reason was to bump this thread, not to nitpick you. No offense intended! 

