© 1981

The Non-Euclidean, Hyperbolic Plane

Its Structure and Consistency


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Paul Kelly, Gordon Matthews
    Pages 1-18
  3. Paul Kelly, Gordon Matthews
    Pages 19-57
  4. Paul Kelly, Gordon Matthews
    Pages 58-202
  5. Paul Kelly, Gordon Matthews
    Pages 203-290
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-333

About this book


The discovery of hyperbolic geometry, and the subsequent proof that this geometry is just as logical as Euclid's, had a profound in­ fluence on man's understanding of mathematics and the relation of mathematical geometry to the physical world. It is now possible, due in large part to axioms devised by George Birkhoff, to give an accurate, elementary development of hyperbolic plane geometry. Also, using the Poincare model and inversive geometry, the equiconsistency of hyperbolic plane geometry and euclidean plane geometry can be proved without the use of any advanced mathematics. These two facts provided both the motivation and the two central themes of the present work. Basic hyperbolic plane geometry, and the proof of its equal footing with euclidean plane geometry, is presented here in terms acces­ sible to anyone with a good background in high school mathematics. The development, however, is especially directed to college students who may become secondary teachers. For that reason, the treatment is de­ signed to emphasize those aspects of hyperbolic plane geometry which contribute to the skills, knowledge, and insights needed to teach eucli­ dean geometry with some mastery.


Hyperbolische Geometrie Plane congruence construction function geometry hyperbolic geometry knowledge metric space metrics parallelism polygon proof symmetric relation themes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsCalifornia State University at Dominguez HillsCarsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Non-Euclidean, Hyperbolic Plane
  • Book Subtitle Its Structure and Consistency
  • Authors P. Kelly
    G. Matthews
  • Series Title Universitext
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-90552-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-8125-9
  • Series ISSN 0172-5939
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-6675
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 333
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geometry
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