Talk:Erlangen program

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Google test:

 Searched the web for "Erlangen programme".  Results 1 - 10 of about 157. 
 Searched the web for "Erlangen program".  Results 1 - 10 of about 820. Search took 0.27 seconds.

Accordingly, I'm moving the article to the more common spelling. Mkweise 13:33, 11 Nov 2003 (UTC)

I'd say this goes against the normal idea of not getting involved in British/American spelling questions on WP.

Charles Matthews 13:52, 11 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Well, it could be called Erlanger Programm, supposing that's correct German; or 'Erlangen program', or 'Erlangen programme'.

Charles Matthews 12:21, 1 Mar 2004 (UTC)


according to this link, Erlangen is the prevalent form, Erlanger is the german adjectival form. google results are higher for "Erlangen program" than "erlangen program" Lethe 21:55, 8 Mar 2004 (UTC)

What is it?[edit]

I have alittle problem with this article because I don't really feel like the article ever explains what it is. It talks about some of the issues involved and I think that's interesting and everything but I would like the explanation to be a little clearer. Specifically, at the top of the page it's described as a research program. If that is the case I would expect there to be some key points. I don't really see that. In other places it seems as if it were talking about a kind of mathematical object. I can see that this might be so from the discussion trying to explain the solution to the multiplicity of geometries, some kind of abstract structure which is capable of representing geometries as groups or group structures, however that is not really a research program. Basically I would like this article to be clearer about answering seperate questions seperately. Like, describing the research programm, describing the intellectual climate that gave rise to the need for a program, describing a specific field of math that came out of this program etc. As it is I feel these are all kind of smushed together and so I don't gain that much by coming to this page. It seems like it might not actually need that much, just a little more clarification from someone who really knows what they are talking about. Thanks, User:Jabot the Scrob

I see what you mean. However the historical setting, which is explained, would certainly assume a good working knowledge of projective geometry; Klein's audience would have been saturated in it. There is further background at Klein geometry (very formal), homogeneous space, transformation geometry; and there are many backlinks from the page. Charles Matthews 08:28, 1 November 2005 (UTC)
I agree. I came here hoping to come accross a simple explaination of the Erlangen Program, and came up wanting. Would someone please try to write this up readably? Maybe start with a section explaining in general terms what this is, and then a section explaining formally what this is? I've just taken a course in Modern Geometry (Geometries) and this was mentioned, but never gone into. So, I know a good amount about Geometry, but I still couldn't understand what this page was saying at all. Thanks. Rob 04:32, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
Just to check back in, this version is awesome in my opinion! Exactly what I was thinking of. Thanks!User:Jabot the Scrob