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**VERY GOOD:** This book is in very good condition, showing only slight signs of use and wear. It was printed on acid-free paper.

## Description

This book belongs to Springer’s **Universitext** series.

Continued from the back cover: “Requiring only a little prior knowledge of undergraduate mathematics, the book begins by discussing the three simplest surfaces: the Euclidean plane (zero curvature), the sphere (positive curvature), and the hyperbolic plane (negative curvature). Using the efficient machinery of isometry groups, the author extends the discussion to all surfaces of constant curvature, which are typically obtained from the simplest ones by suitable isometries. The book then turns to the classification of the finitely many Euclidean and spherical surfaces and to a study of some remarkable hyperbolic surfaces. The general problem of classification is then considered from a topological and group-theoretic viewpoint.

“Because the theory of surfaces of constant curvature is intimately connected with the rest of modern mathematics, this book is an ideal starting point for students learning geometry, providing the simplest possible introduction to curvature, group actions, and covering spaces. The concepts developed here are, historically, the source of many concepts of complex analysis, differential geometry, topology, and combinatorial group theory, as well as such hot topics as fractal geometry and string theory.

“The prerequisites are modest, including only a little linear algebra, calculus, basic group theory, and basic topology. The formal coverage is extended by exercises and informal discussions throughout the text.”

**Chapters**

- The Euclidean Plane
- Euclidean Surfaces
- The Sphere
- The Hyperbolic Plane
- Hyperbolic Surfaces
- Paths and Geodesics
- Planar and Spherical Tessellations
- Tessellations of Compact Surfaces

The text concludes with References and Index.

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