Delian problem

noun

: the problem of finding the edge of a cube the double in volume of a given cube

Word History

Etymology

so called from the problem posed by the judgment of the Delian oracle in ancient Greece that a plague in Athens could be brought to an end by doubling the size of a cubical altar to Apollo

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“Delian problem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Delian%20problem. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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