A History of Non-Euclidean Geometry

Evolution of the Concept of a Geometric Space

  • B. A. Rosenfeld

Part of the Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (HISTORY, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. B. A. Rosenfeld
    Pages 1-34
  3. B. A. Rosenfeld
    Pages 35-109
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    Pages 110-151
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    Pages 206-246
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    Pages 382-427
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 428-471

About this book


The Russian edition of this book appeared in 1976 on the hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the historic day of February 23, 1826, when LobaeevskiI delivered his famous lecture on his discovery of non-Euclidean geometry. The importance of the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry goes far beyond the limits of geometry itself. It is safe to say that it was a turning point in the history of all mathematics. The scientific revolution of the seventeenth century marked the transition from "mathematics of constant magnitudes" to "mathematics of variable magnitudes. " During the seventies of the last century there occurred another scientific revolution. By that time mathematicians had become familiar with the ideas of non-Euclidean geometry and the algebraic ideas of group and field (all of which appeared at about the same time), and the (later) ideas of set theory. This gave rise to many geometries in addition to the Euclidean geometry previously regarded as the only conceivable possibility, to the arithmetics and algebras of many groups and fields in addition to the arith­ metic and algebra of real and complex numbers, and, finally, to new mathe­ matical systems, i. e. , sets furnished with various structures having no classical analogues. Thus in the 1870's there began a new mathematical era usually called, until the middle of the twentieth century, the era of modern mathe­ matics.


Mathematica Non-Euclidean Geometry algebra geometry history of mathematics philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • B. A. Rosenfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the History of Science and TechnologyMoscowU.S.S.R.

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6449-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8680-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0172-570X
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