Introduction

The Introduction provides a short history of the development of geometry, with special attention the recasting of geometrical descriptions into algebraic forms. The invention of negative and irrational numbers for this purpose is reviewed. Dedekind’s project of removing all references to geometry fr...

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Published in: New Foundations for Physical Geometry
Main Author: Maudlin, Tim
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Oxford Oxford University Press 03-06-2014
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Summary: The Introduction provides a short history of the development of geometry, with special attention the recasting of geometrical descriptions into algebraic forms. The invention of negative and irrational numbers for this purpose is reviewed. Dedekind’s project of removing all references to geometry from the theory numbers is contrasted with this project of removing all reference to numbers from geometry
ISBN: 0198701306
9780198701309
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701309.003.0001