Lot #4046
Ludwik Silberstein Autograph Manuscript: 'A Treatise on Plane Geometry'

Geometry as "a kind of human game"—Silberstein's 200+ page handwritten treatise on the subject
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Geometry as "a kind of human game"—Silberstein's 200+ page handwritten treatise on the subject

Very lengthy unsigned handwritten manuscript by Dr. Ludwik Silberstein entitled "A Treatise on Plane Geometry," numbered as 223 pages (pages 29-32 missing), 8.5 x 11, with chapter headings such as "Projectivities in One-Dimensional Forms, Conics," "Collineation, Correlation," "Polarity," "Elliptic Geometry," and "Affine Geometry." In the eloquent introduction, Dr. Silberstein outlines his objective: "The plan or tendency of this treatise is to consider Geometry, of two dimensions for the present, as a kind of human game, such e.g. as chess, though chess is an immensely more complicated game than the geometrical one, which, however, exceeds the former, no doubt, in beauty of structure and applicability of results. And the purpose of the book is to teach the reader, in a rigorous yet humanly pleasant way, to play the game correctly and to solve its problems with a minimum of mental effort, and thus enable him to enjoy the more its aesthetical side." In overall fine condition, with toning to some pages.

From the collection of physicist Ludwik Siberstein.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Einstein Archives of Ludwik Silberstein
  • Dates: #609 - Ended May 20, 2021