Measurement of the Curvature in a Two-Dimensional Universe

  • E. P. Wigner
Part of the The Scientific Papers book series (WIGNER, volume A / 3)


The usual definition of the curvature of space involves concepts, such as the measurement of the metric tensor or parallel displacement, which have no direct physical counterpart. The question of obtaining the curvature of a two-dimensional space by means of measurements which are possible, at least in principle, is reviewed and a formula given before is corrected and generalized.


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