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ERIC Number: EJ859729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
The Geometry of the Universe: Part 1
Francis, Stephanie
Mathematics Teaching, n214 p11-15 May 2009
This article describes how the author carries out an investigation into the geometry of the three possible curvatures of the universe. The author begins the investigation by looking on the web and in books. She found that the general consensus was that there were three different possible curvatures of the universe, namely: (1) flat; (2) positive; or (3) negative. Also mentioned were intrinsic and extrinsic curvature. The author begins this article by considering the extrinsic and intrinsic curvature. The author discusses spherical geometry as the geometry that occurs on a surface which has intrinsic curvature such as a sphere and provides a brief history of non-Euclidean geometry. (Contains 13 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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