A few months ago I wrote about some mystifying mathematical and geographic tiles I encountered at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
In 1879, Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, published an odd little book called Euclid and his Modern Rivals (available for free at the Internet Archive).
My math history class is currently studying non-Euclidean geometry, which means we've studied quite a few "proofs" of Euclid's fifth postulate, also known as the parallel postulate.
In February, I wrote about Euclid’s parallel postulate, the black sheep of the big, happy family of definitions, postulates, and axioms that make up the foundations of Euclidean geometry.
Euclidean geometry, codified around 300 BCE by Euclid of Alexandria in one of the most influential textbooks in history, is based on 23 definitions, 5 postulates, and 5 axioms, or “common notions.” But as I mentioned in my recent post on hyperbolic geometry, one of the postulates, the parallel postulate, is not like the others.