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Richard Hain : Scissors Congruence

Is it true that two polygons in the plane have the same area if and only if they can be decomposed into congruent polygons? What about in three and higher dimensions? And what about the analogous questions for polygons in the hyperbolic plane and polyhedra in higher dimensional hyperbolic spaces? Some aspects of the subject are elementary, while others involve Abel's dilogarithm and arcane subjects, such as algebraic K-theory. This talk will be largely elementary, and fun.

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