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Topic: Puzzle in the history of maths
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Frederick Williams

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Re: Puzzle in the history of maths
Posted: Feb 24, 2013 6:17 PM
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Ken Pledger wrote:

> [...] In the 19th century it was commonly said that the plane has
> (infinity)^2 points; meaning that its points are usually coordinatized
> using two real numbers, so in an obvious sense have two degrees of
> freedom. Likewise for higher dimensions.

This relates, does it not, to enumerative geometry? I know nothing
about the matter but Hilbert & Cohn-Vossen's _Geometry and the
imagination_ has a section on it.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

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