Euclid's sixth postulate


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Jul30-13, 08:43 PM
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Hey,

Has anybody heard of Euclid's sixth postulate ? It says : Two lines do not contain a space.

I don't know why, but I'm only finding this postulate in my things, not anywhere else.... Help ? Thanks
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Jul30-13, 08:48 PM
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I'm not an expert on Euclidean geometry, but I've never heard of it.

Where exactly did you encounter this?
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Jul30-13, 08:50 PM
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Well, from this source :http://euclides.fr/bibliotheque/eucl...ts/livre_1.pdf

I suppose you speak French, if you're Belgian ? (I think..)

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Jul30-13, 08:51 PM
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Euclid's sixth postulate


It is purely a modern invention
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidean_geometry
'Some modern treatments add a sixth postulate, the rigidity of the triangle, which can be used as an alternative to superposition.'

p 5. Coxeter, H.S.M. (1961). Introduction to Geometry. New York: Wiley.
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Can someone give me insight on it ? Thank you.


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