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Minkowski Geometry

Minkowski Geometry

Part of Encyclopedia of Mathematics and its Applications

  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521404723


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  • Minkowski geometry is a type of non-Euclidean geometry in a finite number of dimensions in which distance is not 'uniform' in all directions. This book presents the first comprehensive treatment of Minkowski geometry since the 1940s. The author begins by describing the fundamental metric properties and the topological properties of existence of Minkowski space. This is followed by a treatment of two-dimensional spaces and characterisations of Euclidean space among normed spaces. The central three chapters present the theory of area and volume in normed spaces, a fascinating geometrical interplay among the various roles of the ball in Euclidean space. Later chapters deal with trigonometry and differential geometry in Minkowski spaces. The book ends with a brief look at J. J. Schaffer's ideas on the intrinsic geometry of the unit sphere. Minkowski Geometry will appeal to students and researchers interested in geometry, convexity theory and functional analysis.

    • Comprehensive, self-contained treatment
    • Many attractive illustrations
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    ' … volume, isoperimetry, integral geometry and trigonometry … all are admirably treated here by an expert in the field.' Mathematika

    'This is a comprehensive monograph that will serve well both as an introduction and as a reference work.' Monatshefte für Mathematik

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521404723
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 164 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.718kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The algebraic properties of linear spaces and of convex sets
    2. Norms and norm topologies
    3. Convex bodies
    4. Comparisons and contrasts with Euclidean space
    5. Two dimensional Minkowski spaces
    6. The concept of area and content
    7. Special properties of the Holmes-Thompson definition
    8. Special properties of the Busemann definition
    9. Trigonometry
    10. Various numerical parameters.

  • Author

    A. C. Thompson, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

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