Points and Lines in Planes
Axioms for Different Geometries
The axiomatic geometry of Euclid was the model for correct reasoning from at least as early as 300 BC to the mid 1800s. Here was a system of thought that started with basic definitions and axioms and then proceeded to prove theorem after theorem about geometry, all done without any empirical input. It was believed that Euclidean geometry correctly described the space that we live in. Pure thought seemingly told us about the physical world, ...