Mathematician:Johann Gustav Hermes

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German mathematician best known for his attempted construction of the regular $65 \, 537$-gon.

Recent research suggests that there may be mistakes in this construction.




  • Born: 20 June 1846 in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad in Russia)
  • Died: 8 June 8 1912 in Bad Oeynhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Theorems and Definitions


  • 1879: Zurückführung des Problems der Kreistheilung auf lineare Gleichungen (für Primzahlen von der Form $2m + 1$) ("Reduction of the problem of cyclotomy on linear equations (for prime numbers of the form $2m + 1$)")
  • 1894: Über die Teilung des Kreises in $65537$ gleiche Teile ("About the division of the circle into $65537$ equal pieces") (Gött. Nachr. Vol. 3: pp. 170 – 186)