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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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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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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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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Law of sines: uniform proof of Euclidean, spherical & hyperbolic cases

There is a unified formulation of law of sines which is true in all 3 constant curvature geometries (Euclidean, spherical, hyperbolic): $$ \frac{l(a)}{\sin\alpha}= \frac{l(b)}{\sin\beta}= ...
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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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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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Series for $\pi$ which correspond to apollonian gaskets or hyperbolic tilings of the unit disk

Consider the two partitions of the unit disk in $\mathbb{R}^{2}$, the first an Apollonian gasket and the second is the $\{7,3\}$ hyperbolic tiling: Since the unit disk has radius $1$, both of these ...
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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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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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What hyperbolic space *really* looks like

There are several models of hyperbolic space that are embedded in Euclidean space. For example, the following image depicts the Beltrami-Klein model of a hyperbolic plane: where geodesics are ...
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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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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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Totally geodesic hypersurface in compact hyperbolic manifold

In [Zeghib: Laminations et hypersurfaces géodésiques des variétés hyperboliques, Annales scientifiques de l'ENS, 1991] it is shown, that in a compact manifold of negative curvature, there exists only ...
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What is the relationship between hyperbolic geometry and Einstein's special relativity?

I am a third year math student writing a term paper on hyperbolic geometry and I would like to understand its relationship with special relativity. I have read that the hyperboloid model of hyperbolic ...
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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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Lines in upper half-space

I'm teaching a tour-of-classical-geometry class this semester, and we are soon to introduce hyperbolic geometry. I am very inexpert in this subject, and I have a question about a compatibility of a ...
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constant-curvature Riemannian metric for Bring's surface

There is a well-known and very symmetric space that is called either "Bring's curve" or "Bring's surface", depending upon the context. (Bring was a Swedish mathematician in the 18th century.) Let's ...
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Instruct geometer moths so you can learn about their true geometry.

I had a space-ship wreck in an unknown world of some kind of moths. I could observe geometer moths working. Everything looked strange. The moths claimed that they were using only straight edges 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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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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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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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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Is it possible to distinguish rest and movement in hyperbolic universe?

Imagine a large body (for example, a planet) in 3D hyperbolic space. Now imagine the planet starts moving in a straight line at constant speed. In Euclidean space, all points would move along ...
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An axiomatic treatment of hyperbolic trigonometry?

I would like to see results derived in hyperbolic trigonometry synthetically, i.e. just by working from axioms, for example the ones given by Hilbert (or even Tarski). Most authors seem to discuss ...
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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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Curvature of De Sitter's space: where does the sign comes?

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, {\rm d}s^2)$, where: $${\rm d}s^2 = {\rm d}x^2 + {\rm d}y^2 - {\rm d}z^2.$$ We have both the hyperbolic space: $$\Bbb H^2(-1) = \{(x,y,z) \in \Bbb L^3 \mid ...
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Reference Request: Regge Symmetry “Angle-Edge” Duality

A tetrahedron in hyperbolic 3-space can be defined (up to isometry) by the measures of its dihedral angles, $(a, b, c, a^\prime, b^\prime, c^\prime)$, with $a$, $b$, $c$ along edges that meet at a ...
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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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How to parameterize these pretty hyperbolic (Amsler) surfaces?

I've seen the attached images describing surfaces of negative curvature. I was wondering if there exist such surfaces with constant Gaussian negative curvature. To this end, I attempted to model the ...
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Geometric interpretation of hyperbolic functions

When proving identities like $$\cosh(2x)=\cosh^2(x)+\sinh^2(x)$$ $$\cosh^2(x)=\sinh^2(x)+1$$ algebraically, I am beset by the feeling that there should be a geometrical interpretation that makes them ...
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Creating a Hyperbola with a Flashlight

I ran into this problem in a textbook and was intrigued by it. Conics are generally formed through different cuts one can make with the shape of a cone. But, there have been recent discussions on ...
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“Every geometry is a projective geometry!” So Hyperbolic geometry is a projective geometry?

The great mathematician Arthur Cayley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Cayley ) seems to have said "all geometry is projective geometry" (sorry no exact source, probably it is somewhere in Felix ...
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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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Do minimal hyperbolic surfaces exist? What do they look like?

I understand that it is impossible to embed* the entire hyperbolic plane in $\mathbb{R}^3$. But, can one create a embedding of part of the hyperbolic plane such that the resulting surface is also ...
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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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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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Classification of conics in hyperbolic plane

How many different types of conics exist in hyperbolic plane? Euclidean geometry has three, of course. But when I was trying to find out results for the hyperbolic plane, the best thing I found ...
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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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Riemann surface with punctures corresponds to a hyperbolic surface with cusps

I am reading a paper on Riemann surfaces and the author used the fact that $\{$Riemann surfaces with genus $g$ and $n$ punctures$\}$ is in one-to-one correspondence with $\{$ hyperbolic surfaces ...
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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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Wallpaper groups for the hyperbolic plane

I would be grateful if someone could direct me to a reference that classifies the equivalent of the wallpaper groups (and the frieze groups and the point groups, if possible) for the hyperbolic plane, ...
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Rigid body motion on the Poincare disc model of the hyperbolic plane

I'd like to implement an interactive simulation of an actor controlled by the user moving around in the Poincaré disc model of the hyperbolic plane. I need to know how to perform translation and ...
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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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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 ...