Shadows of the Circle: Conic Sections, Optimal Figures and Non-Euclidean Geometry
by Vagn Lundsgaard Hansen (9789810234188)

Shadows of the Circle: Conic Sections, Optimal Figures and Non-Euclidean Geometry
 
Vagn Lundsgaard Hansen
Release Date: 04 April 1998
Format: Hardback
Pages: 120
Category: Geometry
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
ISBN: 9789810234188
ISBN-10: 981023418X



The aim of this book is to throw light on various facets of geometry through development of four geometrical themes.

The first theme is about the ellipse, the shape of the shadow east by a circle. The next, a natural continuation of the first, is a study of all three types of conic sections, the ellipse, the parabola and the hyperbola.

The third theme is about certain properties of geometrical figures related to the problem of finding the largest area that can be enclosed by a curve of given length. This problem is called the isoperimetric problem. In itself, this topic contains motivation for major parts of the curriculum in mathematics at college level and sets the stage for more advanced mathematical subjects such as functions of several variables and the calculus of variations. Here, three types of conic section are discussed briefly.

The emergence of non-Euclidean geometries in the beginning of the nineteenth century represents one of the dramatic episodes in the history of mathematics. In the last theme the non-Euclidean geometry in the Poincare disc model of the hyperbolic plane is developed.

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