The Foundations of Projective Geometry in Italy

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


Italian views on the foundations of projective geometry were divided between the school of Giuseppe Peano on the one hand, and that of Corrado Segre on the other. Peano, supported by Mario Pieri, adhered to a rigorous formal approach written in a dry artificial language and restricted for pedagogic reasons to 3 dimensions; Segre and Federigo Enriques were less precise but wished to promote the projective geometry of n dimensions, following the example of Giuseppe Veronese, who had earlier shown how to use the method of projection and section to resolve the singularities of some algebraic surfaces.


Projective Geometry Intuitive Concept Singular Curve Fano Plane Italian Mathematician 
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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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