On Writing the History of Geometry – 1

  • Jeremy Gray
Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)


This chapter is given over to assessment, and offers advice on writing essays in the history of mathematics. As an illustrative point, Gauss’s survey of the mountains of Hanover is discussed, which is often said to indicate his commitment to the non-Euclidean nature of physical space.


Descriptive Geometry Extra Assumption Assessment Question Great Mathematician Military Engineer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe Open UniversityWalton Hall, Milton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.The Mathematics InstituteThe University of WarwickWarwickUnited Kingdom

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