“Non-Euclidean Geometry” the fields of geometry as applied to non-flat surfaces.

Euclid was an ancient mathematician who published a work called The Elements. This laid out the basic, common principles of geometry that we know today. However, Euclid only dealt with flat, two-dimensional surfaces.

When applying geometry to curved surfaces, many of Euclid’s principles don’t work anymore. There are at least two types of geometry – elliptic and hyperbolic – that are considered “Non-Euclidean.”

As an aphorism, “Non-Euclidian” might refer to something that’s confusing or convoluted, or that breaks from a common norm in such a way that the usual principles and rules don’t apply anymore.

Why I Looked It Up

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t note the reference, but it was a usage outside of mathematics. It referred to some set of facts or observations that just didn’t add up correctly.

This is item #386 in a sequence of 621 items.

You can use your left/right arrow keys to navigate