This richly illustrated and clearly written undergraduate textbook captures the excitement and beauty of geometry. The approach is that of Klein in his Erlangen programme: a geometry is a space together with a set of transformations of the space. The authors explore various geometries: affine, projective, inversive, hyperbolic and elliptic. In each case they carefully explain the key results and discuss the relationships between the geometries. New features in this second edition include concise end-of-chapter summaries to aid student revision, a list of further reading and a list of special symbols. The authors have also revised many of the end-of-chapter exercises to make them more challenging and to include some interesting new results. Full solutions to the 200 problems are included in the text, while complete solutions to all of the end-of-chapter exercises are available in a new Instructors' Manual, which can be downloaded from www.cambridge.org/9781107647831.
David A. Brannan is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computing at The Open University, Milton Keynes. Matthew F. Esplen is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The Open University, Milton Keynes. Jeremy J. Gray is a Professor of the History of Mathematics at The Open University, Milton Keynes and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick.
Preface; Introduction: geometry and geometries; 1. Conics; 2. Affine geometry; 3. Projective geometry: lines; 4. Projective geometry: conics; 5. Inversive geometry; 6. Hyperbolic geometry: the disc model; 7. Elliptic geometry: the spherical model; 8. The Kleinian view of geometry; Special symbols; Further reading; Appendix 1. A primer of group theory; Appendix 2. A primer of vectors and vector spaces; Appendix 3. Solutions to the problems; Index.
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2nd Revised edition
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