Questions on hyperbolic geometry, the geometry on manifolds with negative curvature.

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Hyperbolic critters studying Euclidean geometry

You've spent your whole life in the hyperbolic plane. It's second nature to you that the area of a triangle depends only on its angles, and it seems absurd to suggest that it could ever be otherwise. ...
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What are the interesting applications of hyperbolic geometry?

I am aware that, historically, hyperbolic geometry was useful in showing that there can be consistent geometries that satisfy the first 4 axioms of Euclid's elements but not the fifth, the infamous ...
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How to create mazes on the hyperbolic plane?

I'm interested in building maze-like structures on the [5, 4] tiling of the hyperbolic plane, where by maze-like I mean something akin to a spanning tree of the underlying lattice: a subgraph of the ...
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How did Beltrami show the consistency of hyperbolic geometry in his 1868 papers?

This is in response to comments and the answer by user studiosus to this question: As for Beltrami's work: Consistency of a geometry from (post) Hilbert viewpoint has nothing to do with ...
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What is the connection of the sequence 3, 4, 5/3, 2/3, 1 with deep topics?

Quote from Don Zagier (Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World): " I like explicit, hands-on formulas. To me they have a beauty of their own. They can be deep or not. As an example, ...
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how to generate tesselation cells using the Poincare disk model?

I'm a computer programmer, and while I like math, this is an area where my understanding of math falls short of what I need in order to apply it successfully. I've been looking at M.C. Escher's ...
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Teichmüller spaces via representations

I don't have much expertise in this area but I am confused by a remark I overheard regarding Teichmüller spaces. I was always under the impression that for a surface $S$ (say genus $\geq 2$) ...
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Embedding the Infinite Binary Tree in Regular Tilings

Consider the regular tiling $(m,n)$ in which $m$ $n$-agons meet at each vertex. Most of the time this tilings have to "live" in the hyperbolic plane. The edges of its polygons define a graph where two ...
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Is it possible to deduce a model for hyperbolic geometry from a synthetic set of axioms a la Euclid/Hilbert/Tarski?

Motivation I learned from Emil Artin's book Geometric Algebra that the standard incidence axioms of affine geometry (two points determine a unique line, parallel postulate, no three collinear points ...
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Simulation of Brownian Motion

If I want to simulate Brownian motion in the Euclidean space I can simulate it by a point that is moving a distance $\epsilon$ in an arbitrary direction then it randomly choose a new direction and ...
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Area of a triangle $\propto\pi-\alpha-\beta-\gamma$

A hyperbolic geometry is a non-Euclidian geometry with constant negative curvature. It has the property that given a line and a point, many lines can be drawn containing the point that never meet the ...
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Simple non-closed geodesic.

In torus there exists simple non-closed geodesic. One example is take the irrational slope curves in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and project it down to torus. Is this thing can happen in closed hyperbolic surface ...
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Hyperbolic diameter of Amsler's surface

I've recently learned about Amsler's surface, a surface of constant negative Gaussian curvature. If I understand things correctly, there is a whole family of such surfaces, differing in the angle of ...
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Is an equilateral triangle the same as an equiangular triangle, in any geometry?

I have heard of both equilateral triangles and equiangular triangles. (For example, this sporcle quiz lists both.) Are these always equivalent, regardless of geometry? I know they are the same in ...
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How to identify $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/SU(2)$ and the hyperbolic 3-space?

I know that every coset representative $g\in SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ for $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/SU(2)$ can be chosen of the form $$ g = \left( \begin{array}{cc} \sqrt{t} & \frac{z}{\sqrt{t}}\\ 0 & ...
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When does there exist an isometry that switches two subspaces?

Let $V$ be a real vector space of finite dimension and let $\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle$ be a non-degenerate symmetric bilinear form on $V$. Let $U, W \subseteq V$ be linear subspaces such that ...
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Expression of the Hyperbolic Distance in the Upper Half Plane

While looking for an expression of the hyperbolic distance in the Upper Half Plane $\mathbb{H}=\{z=x +iy \in \mathbb{C}| y>0\},$ I came across two different expressions. Both of them in Wikipedia. ...
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The shape of Pringles potato chip

Why the shape of Pringles potato chip is hyperbolic paraboloid? I found several articles that say the shape is hyperbolic paraboloid, but cannot find out why it is so. Does anyone have reasonable ...
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Parabolic elements correspond to punctures

In Mapping Class Group by Farb and Margalit page 22, they say: Let $S$ be a hyperbolic surface. If a non-trivial element of $\pi_1(S)$ is represented by a loop (up to homotopy) around a puncture, ...
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Conformal automorphism of $H^n$

I was looking for the characterization ( or a complete list ) of the conformal automorphisms of the upper half space $H^n$ in $R^n$. I know that when $n=2$, it is $PSL(2,R)$ and when $n=3$, it is ...
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Shortest path on hyperboloid

On the sphere $S^2$, the shortest path between two points is the great circle path. How about $H^2$, the hyperboloid $x^2+y^2-z^2=-1, z\ge 1$, with the Euclidean distance? Is there a formula for the ...
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Relation: Modular Forms and hyperbolic geometry, or, why do they map from $\mathbb{H}$?

In my very young mathematical career, I have worked a lot with modular forms. Recently, I worked as a teaching assistant in a course about geometry. At the end of the course, we dealt with hyperbolic ...
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Möbius Transformations are Orientation Preserving?

This question is truly stupid, but is driving me crazy. I just need an outside viewpoint to sort out what's going on. In my textbook: "Show that every linear fractional (LF) transformation of ...
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Two hyperbolic surfaces corresponding to conjugate Fuchsian groups are isometric

I have a basic question : a) Suppose $\gamma $ and $ \gamma' $ be conjugate Fuchsian groups acting freely and properly discontinuously on the upper half-plane H to produce two Riemann surfaces $ ...
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Reflections generating isometry group

I was reading an article and it states that every isometry of the upper half plane model of the hyperbolic plane is a composition of reflections in hyperbolic lines, but does not seem to explain why ...
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Interpretation of Hyperbolic Metric and Möbius Transforms

I was wondering if someone could explain the interpretation of the following results. In hyperbolic geometry, we say that lengths are invariant under the action of Mob($\mathbb{H}$) if given any ...
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Embedding manifolds of constant curvature in manifolds of other curvatures

I know that there is no complete surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of constant curvature -$k$ for any $k$. But you can clearly embed the hyperbolic plane (curvature -1) into hyperbolic 3-space ...
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Generalized Laws of Cosines and Sines

I wonder the "laws of sines and cosines" in the two cases below and how to derive them. (or any related sources) (i) For geodesic triangles on a sphere of radius $R>0$. (so constant curvature ...
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Completeness of Upper Half Plane

I am trying to prove that the upper half plane, defined as $\mathbb{H} = \{z \in \mathbb{C} : \Im(z)>0 \}$, is complete with respect to the hyperbolic metric. First I note that if I have some ...
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Backslash notation: $\Gamma {\setminus} \mathbb{H}^n$

I encountered this notation in a paper by Carron: When X = $\Gamma{\setminus}\mathbb{H}^n$ is a real hyperbolic manifold, ... $\Gamma$ is a discrete torsion free subgroup of SO$(n,1)$. My ...
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Models of hyperbolic geometry

Wikipedia states the following: [The Poincaré half-plane model of hyperbolic geometry] is named after Henri Poincaré, but originated with Eugenio Beltrami, who used it, along with the Klein model ...
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Symbolic coordinates for a hyperbolic grid?

Rephrasing     (one year later)    (original question is below) Apparently the original question wasn't clear, or nobody knows an answer (or both). So I will try to rephrase it. Look at your ...
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Hyperbolic geometry. 3 dimensions. What is not well understood?

According to Mathworld, hyperbolic geometry is well understood in 2 dimensions but not in 3 dimensions. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HyperbolicGeometry.html What isn't well understood about ...
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Distance from a point to a line in the hyperbolic plane

I have two questions: What is the distance from a point to a line in the hyperbolic plane? Fix a line $L$ in the hyperbolic plane. What does the set of points of distance $d$ from $L$ look like?
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Fuchsian groups and surfaces

It's a fact that if two Fuchsian group are conjugate, the corresponding surfaces are isometric. Is the converse true ? Take 2 isometric Riemann surfaces $S$ and $S'$(which are covered by the upper ...
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Hyperbolic triangle and two points in Poincare disk

Given a hyperbolic triangle $T$ and two points $p$ and $q$ in Poincare disk. Note that $p$ and $q$ are outside the triangle. If $p$ has shorter distances to the three vertices of $T$ than $q,$ can we ...
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Difference between a hyperbolic line and a geodesic

The setting for hyperbolic space in this question will be the upper half plane. Now I know that to measure the distance between two points $p$ and $q$ in the upper half plane, we take $ \inf ...
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Finding Möbius transformation from fixed points

Given a non-parabolic transformation which is also an orientation preserving isometry in the hyperbolic upper half plane union the boundary, if I know the two fixed points and they are two different ...
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How to analyze triangles in Lobachevsky geometry?

I got an assignment to prove certain things about right triangles in Lobachevsky geometry, but so far I don't know where to start. What model is the best for studying these objects? What is the ...
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Geometric construction of hyperbolic trigonometric functions

If we have a circle we can geometrically construct the trigonometric functions as shown. The functions all derive from sin and cos. If we say that the circle is a conic section and imagine it on the ...
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Triangle inequality for hyperbolic distance

A quick way to define the hyperbolic metric in the Poincare disc is via the cross ratio: Given points a,b in the disc, let p,q be the endpoints of the hyperbolic line (halfcircle/line perpendicular to ...
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centralizers in hyperbolic manifolds are cyclic

I am having trouble seeing why this statement is true: "If S admits a hyperbolic metric, then the centralizer of any non-trivial element of $\pi(S)$ is cyclic. In particular, $\pi(S)$ has trivial ...
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Can different uniformizations of Riemann surfaces be related somehow

Let $X$ be a hyperbolic compact connected Riemann surface. Let $U\subset X$ be an open subset. Assume that $U\neq X$. We can uniformize $X$ by $\mathbf{H}$ directly to obtain it as a quotient of ...
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The law of sines in hyperbolic geometry

What is the geometrical meaning of the constant $k$ in the law of sines, $\frac{\sin A}{\sinh a} = \frac{\sin B}{\sinh b} = \frac{\sin C}{\sinh c}=k$ in hyperbolic geometry? I know the meaning of the ...
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List of connected Lie subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$.

I am not familiar with the theory of Lie groups, so I am having a hard time finding all the connected closed real Lie subgroups of $\mathrm{SL}(2, \mathbb{C})$ up to conjugation. One can find the ...
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Computing the volume of a hyperbolic knot

Could anyone show me or refer me to a link where the volume of a hyperbolic knot, say, the figure-8 knot, is computed (well, in fact estimated) explicitly and not only having the procedures outlined?
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Study of the Laplacian on the Hyperbolic plane

What's a good reference for the simplest case? I'm interested in the spectral theory of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on the upper half plane (domain, self-adjoint extension, etc.). I only need this ...
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Structure of $x^2 + xy + y^2 = z^2$ integer quadratic form

The pythagorean triples $x^2 + y^2 = z^2$ can be solved in integers using rational parameterization of solutions to $x^2 + y^2 = 1$. It goes through $(1,0)$, then consider the line $y = -k (x - 1)$ ...
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Characterization of linearity in terms of metric

At least in Euclidean geometry and the upper half plane model of hyperbolic geometry, the statements '$y$ lies on the line segment determined by $x$ and $z$ ' and '$d(x,y)+d(y,z)=d(x,z) $' are ...
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explicit isometry between metric spaces

Let $X=\mathbb{H}^2\times\left[0,1\right]$ (just $\left\{ (x,y,z)\big\vert y>0\right\}$ as a set) and consider the following two metrics: $$ds_1=\frac{dx+dy}{y}+dz$$ and ...