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Mathematical Treasure: Lobachevsky on Hyperbolic Geometry

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Although Nicholas Lobachevsky (1792-1856) first devised his theories for hyperbolic geometry in the years 1829-30, they were not immediately available to the larger mathematical community. His work had been published in Russian in the Kazan Messenger, a periodical of limited readership. It was not until the publication of his work in German by the Berlin Academy of Science in 1840 that his discoveries became more widely known.

This image is used through the courtesy of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Lobachevsky on Hyperbolic Geometry," Convergence (August 2019)