Handbook of the History of General Topology

Volume 3 of the series History of Topology pp 853-968

Nonsymmetric Distances and Their Associated Topologies: About the Origins of Basic Ideas in the Area of Asymmetric Topology

  • Hans-Peter A. KünziAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town

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We begin with some remarks explaining the structure of this article. After some introductory statements in the following paragraphs, we summarize the historic development of what is now often called “Nonsymmetric or Asymmetric Topology” in Section 2. In the following, more specific sections we discuss the historic development of some of the main ideas of the area in greater detail. The list of sections and keywords given above should help the specialist to find his way through the various sections.