Salih Zeki's Darülfünun Konferansları and his treatment of the discovery of Non-Euclidean Geometries

Kadıoğlu, Dilek
This thesis examines Darülfünun Konferansları which consists of a series of lectures that were delivered by Salih Zeki in 1914 – 1915 in Ottoman State. These lectures were on geometry, its history and especially on the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries. And the purpose of this thesis is to propose the sufficiency and the legitimacy of these lectures as an account on the history of geometry. As a preliminary to analyzing Salih Zeki’s lectures, different views on geometry’s history and progress will be analyzed and compared. The results of this comparison will be the guide by means of which Darülfünun Konferansları will be examined. This thesis also serves as a source that makes Salih Zeki’s ideas accessible, by presenting an English summary of his lectures which were originally published in Ottoman Turkish.


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Citation Formats
D. Kadıoğlu, “Salih Zeki’s Darülfünun Konferansları and his treatment of the discovery of Non-Euclidean Geometries,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.