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Conformal Geometry, its Beauty and Power in Physics and Cosmology

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The ancient geometry of Euclid and its curved-space generalizations due to Gauss and Riemann are built upon a notion of (infinitesimal) distance. Somewhat less attention has been paid to the slightly more general geometry based simply upon the local notion of angle, referred to as conformal geometry. It involves many elegant theorems, and has direct applications to Einstein’s special relativity and to Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory. It is also central to a new view of the cosmological universe.

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