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Geometries on Surfaces

Geometries on Surfaces


Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Date Published: October 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521660587

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  • The projective, Möbius, Laguerre, and Minkowski planes over the real numbers are just a few examples of a host of fundamental classical topological geometries on surfaces. This book summarizes all known major results and open problems related to these classical point-line geometries and their close (nonclassical) relatives. Topics covered include: classical geometries; methods for constructing nonclassical geometries; classifications and characterizations of geometries. This work is related to many other fields including interpolation theory, convexity, the theory of pseudoline arrangements, topology, the theory of Lie groups, and many more. The authors detail these connections, some of which are well-known, but many much less so. Acting both as a reference for experts and as an accessible introduction for graduate students, this book will interest anyone wishing to know more about point-line geometries and the way they interact.

    • Comprehensive survey of geometries on planes
    • Can be read as both an introduction and a reference
    • Contains sections on future research directions
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    'The main objective of the book, to give an intuitive and fairly complete picture of the wealth of geometries living on surfaces and of the beauty of the subject, has been accomplished in an excellent way. The text provides an easily accessible and well-motivated introduction to topological geometry.' Zentralblatt für Mathematik und ihre Grenzgebiete Mathematics Abstracts

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521660587
    • length: 514 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 90 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Geometries for pedestrians
    2. Flat linear spaces
    3. Spherical circle planes
    4. Toroidal circle planes
    5. Cylindrical circle planes
    6. Generalized quadrangles
    7. Tubular circle planes

  • Authors

    Burkard Polster, University of Adelaide

    Günter Steinke, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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