Spherical Geometry

  • John G. Ratcliffe
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 149)


In this chapter, we study spherical geometry. In order to emphasize the duality between spherical and hyperbolic geometries, a parallel development of hyperbolic geometry will be given in Chapter 3. In many cases, the arguments will be the same except for minor changes. As spherical geometry is much easier to understand, it is advantageous to first study spherical geometry before taking up hyperbolic geometry. We begin by studying spherical n-space. Elliptic n-space is considered in Section 2.2. Spherical arc length and volume are studied in Sections 2.3 and 2.4. The chapter ends with a section on spherical trigonometry.


Cross Product Great Circle Orthogonal Transformation Spherical Geometry Hyperbolic Geometry 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Ratcliffe
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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