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Analysis situs
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At the end of the 17th century, analysis situs (“analysis of the location”) or geometria situs (“geometry of the location”) came into use as an early term for the field of mathematics we today call topology, a new field initially developed very slowly during the 18th and 19th centuries (see Mathematical sciences). Alongside the mathematical theory of probability, its was the most important field of mathematics to be developed totally from the ground up in the Early Modern era, without any roots in antiquity.

At the same time as modern analysis (Analysis, mathematical) was coming to…

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Epple, Moritz, “Analysis situs”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016826>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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