What is geometry? Physical geometry and mathematical geometry as two

aspects of the proper Euclidean geometry.

 Yuri A. Rylov

Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Updated December 18, 2013


Primordially a geometry was a science on properties of geometrical objects and their mutual disposition. Such interpretation of the term "geometry" is qualified as physical geometry. A use of only Euclidean geometry generated another interpretation of the term "geometry", which was interpreted as a logical construction. Such interpretation of the term " geometry" is qualified as mathematical geometry. Mathematical geometry cannot use for description of the space-time, generally speaking. Nevertheless the mathematical geometry has been used for description of the space-time during the twentieth century. This circumstance lead to problems in general relativity.

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