Euclidean geometry and physical space

@article{Rowe2006EuclideanGA,
  title={Euclidean geometry and physical space},
  author={D. Rowe},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  year={2006},
  volume={28},
  pages={51-59}
}
  • D. Rowe
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
It takes a good deal of historical imagination to picture the kinds of debates that accompanied the slow process, which ultimately led to the acceptance of non-Euclidean geometries little more than a century ago. The difficulty stems mainly from our tendency to think of geometry as a branch of pure mathematics rather than as a science with deep empirical roots, the oldest natural science so to speak. For many of us, there is a natural tendency to think of geometry in idealized, Platonic terms… Expand
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