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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: July 2021

10 - Anachronism: Bonola and non-Euclidean geometry

Summary

Roberto Bonola, in his celebrated history of non-Euclidean geometry, imported a distinction between elementary and advanced mathematics commonly drawn around 1900 back to the discoveries of the 1820s and 1830s. In so doing he fell into anachronism and misrepresented the subject, most obviously in his treatment of the work of Lobachevskii.