János Bolyai: Appendix, scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens. Maros-Vásárhelyini, 1832

Documentary heritage submitted by Hungary and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2009.

© Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Appendix is an outstanding document in the history of mathematics and human culture. It presents the solution of a more than two thousand year old problem in connection with parallel lines and the description of János Bolyai's discovery of non-Euclidean and the more general absolute geometries. Non-Euclidean geometry changed our thinking not only about geometry, but mathematics, in general, and paved the way for the creation of the modern physical theories of the twentieth century.

  • Year of submission: 2008
  • Year of inscription: 2009
  • Country: Hungary
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