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Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.
In N. Rose, Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh, NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988.
Van Schooten's Ruler Constructions
Solution to Problem IX
Problem IX: Given a straight line AB, to extend it to G so that the total AG to the extreme GB has a given ratio C to D.
Construction: Draw from A a line AE making any angle with AB, and put on it AF equal to C and EF equal to D. Join FB. I say that if a parallel EG is drawn to that, intersecting AB extended at G, then AG is to GB as AE is to EF, that is, C to D.