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Histories of Spaces
Histories of spaces

Both everyday and professional understandings of space have a history of gradual change which cannot be understood without studying changes in philosophy and in mathematical representations of space. Changes in experience and philosophy have altered spatial perception and thought, changing social behaviour, architecture, planning and settlement patterns, several times since Pythagoras (Croton, c.570–c.495 BCE), Euclid (Alexandria, c.325–265 BCE) or Descartes (Netherlands, 1596–1650). This chapter is a capsule survey of this history from the point of view of the early twenty-first century when the sense of the spatial has begun to reflect not only European but East Asian cultural viewpoints and traditions.

In general, there is a lack of systematic, non-specialist histories of the theories and mathematics of space that also form ...

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