Dear Bill Casselman,

I worked on trisecting a square. Perigal was the first one to find a minimal 6-piece solution probably arround 1835-1840, but he only publish later in 1891. Thus Phillip Kelland was probably the first one who publish this technique for a gnomon in 1855. I've upload in wikisource his full publication for "Geometric dissections and transpositions". Here it is:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Geometric_Dissections_and_Transpositions

Moreover, at the end of this paper: "L. J. Rogers (1897). Biography of Henry Perigal in appendix of On certain Regular Polygons in Modular Network. Proceedings London Mathematical Society. Volume s1-29, pp. 732-735.", I've found an interesting biography of Perigal (look at the four last pages):
http://plms.oxfordjournals.org/content/s1-29/1/706.full.pdf

Best regards,
Christian Blanvillain
email://blanvill/gmail/com

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