Information about Latex

If you don’t know how to use Latex, take a look at the source code of the lectures that already exist as blog entries, by pressing “edit” below an entry name in the “All Posts” overview. You will then see the latex source code that produces the formulas in the blog.

The following information also might be helpful for you.

The “Short Math Guide for Latex” by the AMS:

A short introduction to Latex (in German): lkurzauf2

A wiki-books chapter about writing maths in Latex:


Lecture 1

Historical Remarks

The word geometry is of Greek origin ($\gamma\varepsilon\omega\mu\varepsilon\tau\rho\iota\alpha$) and means “measurement of the earth”. But the first accounts were found in Egypt and Mesopotamia (today Iraq) around 2000 BC. It was known how to calculate simple areas and volumes and people of that time already had an approximation of $\pi$. But no general statements/theorems and proofs were found. Around 600 BC in Greece, Thales was the first to deduce theorems from a set of axioms. At about 300 BC, Euclid wrote the book Elements in which he states the five axioms of what is today called Euclidean geometry. His fifth axioms is known as the parallel postulate and can be phrased as follows:

Given a line and a point not on this line, there is a unique line through the point parallel to the line.

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Welcome to Geometry I

This site keeps track of the content of the Geometry I Course taught at the Technical University Berlin during winter term 2012/13. It is the first time that I try to create lively lecture notes this way and I hope that the students and myself will create great notes, discuss the content, and enjoy the final result.

The first thing you need to do is to register. Then you will be able to contribute your own thoughts and to comment on other peoples post. To register, please write an email to Emanuel (huhnen[at] that contains your desired username (minimum 4 characters, only lower case letters and numbers) and the email address you want to use for the blog. We will then create your account and you will receive an invitation email to join the blog.