Definition:Method of Exhaustion
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- Circumscribing a polygon around the circle
- Inscribing a polygon inside the circle
- Measuring the areas of those polygons
- Noting that the area of the circle is between those two
- Increasing the number of sides on those polygons to make them closer and closer to the circle and each other.
Some sources credit Archimedes with invention of the method, but this is incorrect.