Ridge (differential geometry)
In differential geometry, a smooth surface in three dimensions has a ridge point when a line of curvature has a local maximum or minimum of principal curvature. The set of ridge points form curves on the surface called ridges.
The ridges of a given surface fall into two families, typically designated red and blue, depending on which of the two principal curvatures has an extremum.
At umbilical points the colour of a ridge will change from red to blue. There are two main cases: one has three ridge lines passing through the umbilic, and the other has one line passing through it.
- Ian R. Porteous (2001) Geometric Differentiation, Chapter 11 Ridges and Ribs, pp 182–97, Cambridge University Press ISBN 0-521-00264-8 .
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