LettreNorman Lockyer à Henri Poincaré, 26 janvier 1892

Monday — Jany 26 [1892]
Nature — Publishing Office: Bedford Street, Strand, London

My dear Sir,

I have had a translation made of your admirable article on non-Euclidean Geometry & I shall be obliged if you will kindly look it over before it appears.1

I am sorry to say that Sylvester is far from well.2

Very sincerely yours,

J. Norman Lockyer

Apparat critique 

  1. Poincaré (1892), translated by W. J. L., and published on 25.02.1892. Lockyer most likely asked his wife, Winifred James Lockyer, to translate Poincaré’s essay. Mrs. Lockyer had previously translated from the French Amédée Guillemin’s popular treatise The Applications of Physical Forces (1877). Poincaré’s essay originally appeared in the Revue générale des sciences pures et appliquées Poincaré (1891). It advanced his conventionalist philosophy of geometry, according to which geometry is an abstract science, and the geometry of physical space is less a matter of experiment than of convenience. For an overview, see Walter (2008), (2009).↩︎

  2. J. J. Sylvester; for his correspondence with Poincaré, see Nabonnand et al., Volume 4.↩︎


Poincaré, Henri. 1891. “Les Géométries Non Euclidiennes.” Revue Générale Des Sciences Pures et Appliquées 2: 769–74.↩︎

———. 1892. “Non-Euclidian Geometry.” Nature 45: 404–7.↩︎

Walter, Scott. 2008. “Henri Poincaré et l’espace-temps conventionnel.” In Réalisme et Théories Physiques, edited by Ivahn Smadja, 45:87–119. Cahiers de Philosophie de L’université de Caen. Caen: Presses universitaires de Caen.↩︎

Walter, Scott A. 2009. “Hypothesis and convention in Poincaré’s defense of Galilei spacetime.” In The Significance of the Hypothetical in the Natural Sciences, edited by Michael Heidelberger and Gregor Schiemann, 193–219. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.↩︎

Guillemin, A 1877 The Applications of Physical Forces. Macmillan, London. Lien externe.↩︎

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