# How is geometry more then just shapes and theorems?

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###### February 21, 2008 10:09PM

**Geometry** (Greek *γεωμετρία*; geo = gaia or earth,
metria = measure) is a part of mathematics concerned with questions
of size, shape, and relative position of figures and with
properties of space. Geometry is one of the oldest sciences.
Initially a body of practical knowledge concerning lengths, areas,
and volumes, in the third century B.C., geometry was put into an
axiomatic form by Euclid, whose treatment - Euclidean geometry -
set a standard for many centuries to follow. The field of
astronomy, especially mapping the positions of the stars and
planets on the celestial sphere, served as an important source of
geometric problems during the next one and a half millennia.
However, the real problem with geometry is that these shapes we
speak about are not, in reality "geo" or of earth, but rather in
our minds as mental gymnastics. That is why calculus was developed
in an attempt to measure the curvatures that elude geometric forms'
more linear factors. Essentially, the circle is considered
classically as a geometric form and perhaps should be. But the
problem remains that albeit a circle would be more relevant to
physical life as of it curvature, the problem remains of its
measured exactitude. Since we have pi radius squared as the area of
circle, we find that "pi" is a fraction and therefore, not exact.
Classical math tries to dodge this question regarding the
inexactness of a circle claiming equations exist to measure it
exactly, but even the Fibonacci sequence is a fraction at 1.625
(some argue 1.618, but do the math of the square root of 5 minus 1
divided by 2). Therefore, the exacting factor means nothing and we
must move on from there. It is similar to Einstein's claim to fame
because his deflection of light theory was .83 of second arch more
than Newton's at .87 second. Who cares about these exiguous degrees
when 2/3 of the world is starving? We spend 200 million dollars on
the restoration of the Parthenon in the past thirty years equating
an obvious misprioritization when our neighbors starve to death.
How sad.