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From Greek antiquity onwards, the cultures of the Mediterranean considered geometry - the study of figures on the plane and in space - to be the epitome of an exact science, relying on strict proofs based on precisely formulated assumptions. Ge…

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Epple, Moritz, “Geometry”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019920>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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