Geometries Past and Present

 Penny Gill,

Politics

Donal O'Shea,

Mathematics

 

This unit is taught in the College's year-long interdisciplinary humanities course Pasts and Presences in Western Civilization. It contrasts the nineteenth and twentieth-century views of curved space with earlier conceptions of the Babylonians, Greeks, and medieval Europeans. In the process, it explores the paradox whereby rigor and axiomatization free the imagination and allow geometrical insights to be used in a profoundly speculative way.

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