Trigonometry in the Minkowski Plane
We have seen in Section 3.2 how commutative hypercomplex numbers can be associated with a geometry, in particular the two-dimensional numbers can represent the Euclidean plane geometry and the space-time (Minkowski) plane geometry. In this chapter, by means of algebraic properties of hyperbolic numbers, we formalize the space-time geometry and trigonometry. This formalization allows us to work in Minkowski space-time as we usually do in the Euclidean plane, i.e., to give a Euclidean description that can be considered similar to Euclidean representations of non-Euclidean geometries obtained in the XIXth century by E. Beltrami  on constant curvature surfaces, as we recall in Chapter 9.
KeywordsLorentz Transformation Euclidean Plane Hyperbolic Plane Minkowski Plane Hyperbolic Number
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