Exploring Curvature

  • James Casey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This introductory book, which is intuitive and exploratory in nature, is intended as a bridge between Euclid's geometry and the modern geometry of curved spaces. It is organized around a collection of simple experiments which the reader can perform at home or in a classroom setting. Methods for physically exploring the intrinsic geometry of commonplace curved objects (such as bowls, balls and watermelons) are described. The concepts of Gaussian curvature, parallel transport, and geodesics are treated. The book also contains biographical chapters on Gauss, Riemann, and Levi- Civita.


Gaussian curvature commonplace curved objects curvature euklidische Geometrie experiments geometry moderne Geometrie

Authors and affiliations

  • James Casey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-322-80274-3
  • Copyright Information Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 1996
  • Publisher Name Vieweg+Teubner Verlag
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-528-06475-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-322-80274-3
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