Finite
Geometry Notes |

There is currently no area of mathematics named "binary geometry." This is, therefore, a possible name for the geometry of sets with 2

- Charles Sanders Peirce, "
The Simplest Mathematics."

- Donald E. Knuth's discussion of binary hypercubes in "Boolean
Basics," a draft of section 7.1.1 in
*The Art of Computer Programming*, Volume 4:*Combinatorial Algorithms*

- My own discussion of a binary hypercube in Geometry
of the 4x4x4 Cube

- A more sophisticated example: the geometry of elliptic curves
over a binary Galois field. For an excellent introduction,
see the Certicom online
elliptic curve tutorial. This has an
applet
illustrating elliptic curves in a space of 256 points (256=16x16, with
the
*x*and*y*variables of a curve each having 16 possible values).

- In summary, apart from the fact that the native language of
computers has
characteristic 2, "binary" mathematics, i.e. mathematics in
characteristic 2, is of special interest both in the
study of finite geometry (Finite
Geometry of the Square and Cube) and in algebraic geometry (see,
for instance, the work of
Brian Conrad).

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