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    History of Mathematics

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    Who may be the first person to discover Non-Euclidean Geometry? How did this person verify a result of Non-Euclidean Geometry in the physical world? Is the result conclusive? Who followed him and worked independently to accomplish that same feat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MATNTRNG View Post
    I wasn't sure where to post this so hear it goes...

    Who may be the first person to discover Non-Euclidean Geometry? How did this person verify a result of Non-Euclidean Geometry in the physical world? Is the result conclusive? Who followed him and worked independently to accomplish that same feat?
    What research have you done on this?
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    What I luvre about this assignment is that it is such a leading question. If you do not publish you have no claim, or to make a claim in a comment to the authors father to the effect that you cannot praise the work because to do so would be to praise oneself just shows what an ass even a "prince" can be.

    Also the motivation for the experiment in question is disputable, he had other reasons (involving being paid iirc) for doing such experiments.

    (since we are talking about people who do not publish ideas, then he may not have been the first to suspect that non-Euclidean geometries could be consistent)

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    The research I have done leads me to believe that Karl Friedrich Gauss may be the first person to discover Non-Euclidean Geometry. He measured the interior angles of a large triangle, one in which the vertices were the peaks of three mountain tops. The results were inconclusive. The Russian mathematician Nicolai Lobachevski published an independent development of the same Non-Euclidean Geometry... Would you agree???
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    Quote Originally Posted by MATNTRNG View Post
    The research I have done leads me to believe that Karl Friedrich Gauss may be the first person to discover Non-Euclidean Geometry. He measured the interior angles of a large triangle, one in which the vertices were the peaks of three mountain tops. The results were inconclusive. The Russian mathematician Nicolai Lobachevski published an independent development of the same Non-Euclidean Geometry... Would you agree???
    Though that is obviously the answer the question as worded is implying (but don't forget Janos Bolyai) I would argue for Beltrami.

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