# Neusis constructions

Is there some simple description of which complex numbers are "constructible" with straightedge and compass and neusis?

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Just as straightedge and compass constructions give the numbers in the closure of the rationals under square roots, neusis gives the closure of the rationals under square roots and cube roots.

For more details, also for an alternate characterization in terms of origami, see this paper by Roger Alperin.

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This would seem to be the same as the set of "conic-constructible" numbers, as per Videla, On points constructible from conics, Math Intelligencer 19 (1997) 53-57. –  Gerry Myerson Jul 16 '10 at 1:14
Gerry, yes it is. In fact, Alperin cites this paper. –  John Stillwell Jul 16 '10 at 1:46