Imaginaries in Geometry [Paperback]

Pavel Alexandrovich Florensky(Author)

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ISBN: 9788869773105 | Published by: Mimesis International | Series: Philosophy | Year of Publication: 2021 | 177p, H8.2 x W5.5,
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Imaginaries in Geometry

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This is the first complete English translation of Pavel Florensky’s original and ambitious attempt to arrive at a geometric representation of imaginary numbers, in a context that had already captured the attention of other mathematicians, including Gauss, Argan, Cauchy and Bellavitis. Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), a mathematician, scientist, engineer and inventor, as well as philosopher and theologian, did not limit his attempt solely to complex projective geometry, but extended it to encompass Ptolemaic-Dantean cosmology, Einstein’s principle of relativity as well as a new epistemological theory. The resulting treatise combines various disciplines and explores the relationship between an immanent realm of knowledge and a transcendent one. For this work and others, however, Florensky – one of the most brilliant and wide-ranging minds of the 20th century – ultimately paid with his life.

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