Handbook of Hilbert Geometry

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pp: 383–389

DOI: 10.4171/147-1/14

On the origin of Hilbert geometry

Marc Troyanov[1]

(1) Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

In this brief chapter we succinctly comment on the historical origin of Hilbert geometry. In particular, we give a summary of the letter in which David Hilbert informs his friend and colleague Felix Klein about his discovery of this geometry.

Keywords: David Hilbert , Hilbert geometry