• Michael Monastyrsky
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)


Topology is probably the youngest of the classical branches of mathematics. In contrast to algebra, geometry, and number theory, whose genealogies date to prehistoric times, topology (or as it was earlier called, analysis situs, that is, analysis of position, did not appear until the seventeenth century).


Seventeenth Century Vortex Line Prehistoric Time Tangled Vortex Twisted Line 
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    Anonymous, quoted by Henri Poincaré in: Dernières Pensées, Flammarion, Paris, 1913.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Monastyrsky
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical PhysicsInsitute for Theoretical and Experimental PhysicsMoscowRussia

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