By Hardy G. H.
Hardy's natural arithmetic has been a vintage textbook seeing that its booklet in1908. This reissue will deliver it to the eye of a complete new new release of mathematicians.
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5. The irresistible necessity of projective geometry and the construction of the projective plane We have had reason to be unhappy on several occasions above: first, while Pappus’s theorem like Desargues’ in the purely affine context presents several variants because of possibilities of parallelism. We have an even simpler question, encountered at the end of Sect. 3: into how many regions do two, three, four, etc. lines divide the plane? Fig. 1. Even though its formal definition in algebraic language may seem unproblematic, it requires a bit of time to begin to feel at ease with projective geometry and we thus beg readers to be patient and not to become discouraged.
This introduction of projective spaces may seem a bit artificial, but is in fact an essential tool for many problems where we have to consider things “within a scalar”. 7 for the space of all circles, or that of all spheres or of all conics. An additional property of projective spaces is that they are compact, which is essential for certain problems; they are truly “round” (there are no longer points at infinity, they have been tamed): everything is “at a finite distance”. To respond to a whole array of natural questions we now need to study projective geometry (planar here, but see Sect.
1 and imperfect in the affine context: there points and lines played similar, but not identical, roles. Furthermore, the space of all lines had a topology different from that of the points (the affine plane), among other reasons because we could not find a good one-to-one correspondence between these two sets (see Sect. 3). Fig. 3. In P the duality is perfect with regard to the line joining two points and to the intersection of two lines. 7. RETURN TO THE PROJECTIVE PLANE : CONTINUATION AND CONCLUSION 33 the set of vectorial planes: we only need put a Euclidean structure on Q.