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Does anyone know if there is an available (published or unpublished) English translation of Johann Lambert's Theorie der Parallellinien? I was able to find it online in German by way of the bibliography of Jeremy Gray's Worlds out of Nothing at this link, but I have been unable to find it in English. Any help would be appreciated.

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The place to go for everything related to Lambert is this one. Asking Maarten Bullynck, the author of this web site, might be a good idea.

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Thanks, Franz! Maarten Bullynck directed me to "From Kant to Hilbert" by William Ewald. In the first volume (pp. 152-167), the first ten or so pages of Lambert's paper are translated by Ewald himself. Ewald's introductory essay is also really interesting. I'm continuing to research, but I've yet to find a full translation of Lambert's essay on parallels into English. I'll post something here if anything turns up. – Justin Lanier Nov 14 '10 at 19:05

Vincenzo de Risi of Max Planck Institute ( is preparing an English edition of this paper to be published by Springer.

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I appreciate this new piece of information! Thanks for sharing the news. I'm glad that this project is being taken up. – Justin Lanier Apr 7 at 21:29

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