MAA books for those who are interested in math. Geometry Revisited by H.S.M. Coxeter and S.L. Greitzer. Nov 9, In a book appeared with the widely embracing title Introduction to Geometry . Its author was H. S. M. Coxeter who, in the preface, said that. Cambridge Core – Geometry and Topology – Geometry Revisited – by H.S.M. Coxeter.

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Zachary Price rated it it was amazing Oct 12, In fact, the mid-circle or mid-circles of any two circles a and 0 can be described as the locus of points P such that two circles, tangent to both a and j9, are tangent to each other at P.

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Livio Fetahu rated it it was amazing Jul 31, The reader is urged to acquire the habit of reading with paper and pencil in hand; in this way mathematics will become in- creasingly meaningful to him. This coxeteer been merely an introduction to the topic of Simson lines. We state it as follows see Figure 2. Isaac rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Hence the center of the nine-point circle is the midpoint of HO, which we have already denoted by N in preparation for its role as the nine-point center.

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Replacing the P of Figure 2. On the other hand, if a figure is geeometry dilated and then rotated, corresponding lines are no longer parallel. Thus the polar of A is the locus of points conjugate to Aand the pole of a is the envelope of lines con- jugate to a. It left Boston with a egometry of wool. The circle u, re- garded as a locus or an envelope, reciprocates into the same circle in the opposite aspect.

Two non-parallel lines are drawn on a sheet of paper so that their theo- retical intersection is somewhere off the paper. More complicated figures suffer radical changes in shape. The following result will be found useful: Thus any exercise appearing in the form of a theorem is intended to be proved. Painless Geometry Painless Series. Incidentally, the nine-point circle is determined by the points D, E, F, which are the intersections of pairs of opposite sides of the orthocentric quadrangle ABCH see the end of Section 2.


The center of the nine-point circle lies on the Euler line, midway between the orthocenter and the circumcenter. Thus the only isometries leaving A and B invariant are the identity, which is a trans- lation through distance zeroand a reflection, which is not direct because it reverses the sign of an angle.

To remove this exception, and make reciprocation a point-to-line and line-to- point transformation of the whole plane, we extended the Euclidean plane by postulating a single ideal line, called the line at infinity, to be the polar of 0.

If two of the axes are parallel, then all three must be parallel. Feuerbach rediscovered Euler’s partial result even later, and added a further property which revisoted so remarkable that it has induced many authors to call the nine-point circle “the Feuerbach circle”.

These intersect, because the triangle is obtuse-angled.

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Also AUZY is isosceles. Revisiyed they also preserved by reciprocation? By choosing our frame of reference so that the x-axis joins the two centers, we may express the two circles in the simpler form 2. However, each of these triangles has its own set of four tritangent circles.

Note, from the order in which we named the vertices of the similar triangles, that the angles at P, Q, R are not corresponding angles of these triangles. Moreover, he did all this under a severe handicap, for he lost the sight of one eye inand the sight of the other in The wind is blowing East-North-East. This incidence-preserving process, in which points and lines are transformed into their polars and poles, is called reciprocation. The center which may or may not “belong” to the figure being rotated is the only point that remains fixed.


GEOMETRY REVISITED H. S. M. Coxeter S. L. Greitzer

The name Euler appears so frequently and in so many branches of mathematics that a few words about him are in order. If each of a, b, c is less than the sum of the other two, the circles intersect at two points, either of which forms with the two centers a triangle whose sides are a, b, c. This configuration ABCH is known as an orthocentric quadrangle, and has a number of interesting properties. At this point let us pause in our investigations.

Our first definition for inversion in a circle Section 5.

Referring to Figure 3. Then the Simson line of P bisects the radius OP.

The whole story is too long to be told here. Until Kepler derived his laws, the thought that planets might move in anything but circular paths was unthinkable. The two tangents to a that pass through 0 have no poles; but their points of contact, U and V, have polars which are called the asymptotes of the hyperbola. This, coupled with a wonderfully speedy delivery, made the product a wise purchase in my opinion. In this manner, reciprocation with respect to a circle is generalized to polarity with respect to a conic [6, p.

Clearly, this half-turn, which interchanges the two congruent triangles, revisted also interchange their orthocenters, H and 0.

Dodgson After discussing some further properties of triangles and quadrangles or quadrilateralswe shall approach the domain of projective geometry and even trespass a bit. This “dynamic” aspect of geometry is the subject of Chapter 4. The incircle and the three excircles, each touching all three sides, are sometimes called the four tritangent circles of the triangle.