In

geometryGeometry arose as the field of knowledge dealing with spatial relationships. Geometry was one of the two fields of pre-modern mathematics, the other being the study of numbers ....

, the term

**pseudosphere** is used to describe various surfaces with constant negative

gaussian curvatureIn differential geometry, the Gaussian curvature or Gauss curvature of a point on a surface is the product of the principal curvatures, κ1 and κ2, of the given point. It is an intrinsic measure of curvature, i.e., its value depends only on how distances are measured on the surface, not on the way...

. Depending on context, it can refer to either a theoretical surface of constant negative curvature, to a tractricoid, or to a hyperboloid.

## Theoretical Pseudosphere

In its general interpretation, a

**pseudosphere** of radius

*R* is any surface of

curvatureIn differential geometry, the Gaussian curvature or Gauss curvature of a point on a surface is the product of the principal curvatures, κ1 and κ2, of the given point. It is an intrinsic measure of curvature, i.e., its value depends only on how distances are measured on the surface, not on the way...

−1/

*R*^{2} (precisely, a complete, simply connected surface of that curvature), by analogy with the sphere of radius

*R*, which is a surface of curvature 1/

*R*^{2}. The term was introduced by

Eugenio BeltramiEugenio Beltrami was an Italian mathematician notable for his work concerning differential geometry and mathematical physics...

in his 1868 paper on models of

hyperbolic geometryIn mathematics, hyperbolic geometry is a non-Euclidean geometry, meaning that the parallel postulate of Euclidean geometry is replaced...

.

## Tractricoid

The term is also used to refer to a certain surface called the

**tractricoid**: the result of

revolvingA surface of revolution is a surface in Euclidean space created by rotating a curve around a straight line in its plane ....

a

tractrixTractrix is the curve along which a small object moves, under the influence of friction, when pulled on a horizontal plane by a piece of thread and a puller that moves at a right angle to the initial line between the object and the puller at an infinitesimal speed. It is therefore a curve of...

about its

asymptoteIn analytic geometry, an asymptote of a curve is a line such that the distance between the curve and the line approaches zero as they tend to infinity. Some sources include the requirement that the curve may not cross the line infinitely often, but this is unusual for modern authors...

. As an example, the (half) pseudosphere (with radius 1) is the surface of revolution of the tractrix parametrized by

It is a

singular spaceIn mathematics, a singularity is in general a point at which a given mathematical object is not defined, or a point of an exceptional set where it fails to be well-behaved in some particular way, such as differentiability...

(the equator is a singularity), but away from the singularities, it has constant negative

Gaussian curvatureIn differential geometry, the Gaussian curvature or Gauss curvature of a point on a surface is the product of the principal curvatures, κ1 and κ2, of the given point. It is an intrinsic measure of curvature, i.e., its value depends only on how distances are measured on the surface, not on the way...

and therefore is locally

isometricIn mathematics, an isometry is a distance-preserving map between metric spaces. Geometric figures which can be related by an isometry are called congruent.Isometries are often used in constructions where one space is embedded in another space...

to a

hyperbolic planeIn mathematics, hyperbolic space is a type of non-Euclidean geometry. Whereas spherical geometry has a constant positive curvature, hyperbolic geometry has a negative curvature: every point in hyperbolic space is a saddle point...

.

The name "pseudosphere" comes about because it is a

two-dimensionalIn physics and mathematics, the dimension of a space or object is informally defined as the minimum number of coordinates needed to specify any point within it. Thus a line has a dimension of one because only one coordinate is needed to specify a point on it...

surfaceIn mathematics, specifically in topology, a surface is a two-dimensional topological manifold. The most familiar examples are those that arise as the boundaries of solid objects in ordinary three-dimensional Euclidean space R3 — for example, the surface of a ball...

of constant negative curvature just like a sphere with positive Gauss curvature.

Just as the

sphereA sphere is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space, such as the shape of a round ball. Like a circle in two dimensions, a perfect sphere is completely symmetrical around its center, with all points on the surface lying the same distance r from the center point...

has at every point a positively curved geometry of a

domeA dome is a structural element of architecture that resembles the hollow upper half of a sphere. Dome structures made of various materials have a long architectural lineage extending into prehistory....

the whole pseudosphere has at every point the negatively curved geometry of a

saddleA saddle surface is a smooth surface containing one or more saddle points.The term derives from the peculiar shape of historical horse saddles, which curve both up and down....

.

As early as 1639

Christiaan Huygens found that the volume and the surface area of the pseudosphere are finite, despite the infinite extent of the shape along the axis of rotation. For a given edge

radiusIn classical geometry, a radius of a circle or sphere is any line segment from its center to its perimeter. By extension, the radius of a circle or sphere is the length of any such segment, which is half the diameter. If the object does not have an obvious center, the term may refer to its...

*R*, the

areaArea is a quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional surface or shape in the plane. Area can be understood as the amount of material with a given thickness that would be necessary to fashion a model of the shape, or the amount of paint necessary to cover the surface with a single coat...

is 4π

*R*^{2} just as it is for the sphere, while the

volumeVolume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by some closed boundary, for example, the space that a substance or shape occupies or contains....

is 2/3 π

*R*^{3} and therefore half that of a sphere of that radius.

## Universal covering space

The half pseudosphere of curvature −1 is covered by the portion of the hyperbolic upper half-plane with abscissa

*y* ≥ 1. The covering map is periodic in the

*x* direction of period 2π, and takes the horocycles

*y* =

*c* to the meridians of the pseudosphere and the vertical geodesics

*x* =

*c* to the tractrices that generate the pseudosphere. This mapping is a local isometry, and thus exhibits the portion

*y* ≥ 1 of the upper half-plane as the universal covering space of the pseudosphere. The precise mapping is

where

is the arclength parametrization of the tractrix.

## Hyperboloid

In some sources that use the

Hyperboloid modelIn geometry, the hyperboloid model, also known as the Minkowski model or the Lorentz model , is a model of n-dimensional hyperbolic geometry in which points are represented by the points on the forward sheet S+ of a two-sheeted hyperboloid in -dimensional Minkowski space and m-planes are...

of the hyperbolic plane, the

hyperboloid is referred to as a

**pseudosphere**.

This usage of the word is because the hyperboloid can be thought of as a sphere of imaginary radius, embedded in a

Minkowski spaceIn physics and mathematics, Minkowski space or Minkowski spacetime is the mathematical setting in which Einstein's theory of special relativity is most conveniently formulated...

.

## See also

- Dini's surface
In geometry, Dini's surface is a surface with constant negative curvature that can be created by twisting a pseudosphere. It is named after Ulisse Dini and described by the following parametric equations:- Uses :...

- Hyperboloid structure
Hyperboloid structures are architectural structures designed with hyperboloid geometry. Often these are tall structures such as towers where the hyperboloid geometry's structural strength is used to support an object high off the ground, but hyperboloid geometry is also often used for decorative...

- Sine–Gordon equation
- Sphere
A sphere is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space, such as the shape of a round ball. Like a circle in two dimensions, a perfect sphere is completely symmetrical around its center, with all points on the surface lying the same distance r from the center point...

- Surface of revolution
A surface of revolution is a surface in Euclidean space created by rotating a curve around a straight line in its plane ....

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