what is the difference between a postulate and an axiom.

Asked by Priyamvada Mathur | 16th Aug, 2012, 09:10: PM

Expert Answer:

Euclid assumed certain properties, which were not to be proved. These assumptions are actually ‘obvious universal truths’. He divided them into two types: axioms and postulates. He used the term ‘postulate’ for the assumptions that were specific to geometry. Common notions (often called axioms), on the other hand, were assumptions used throughout mathematics and not specifically linked to geometry.

Answered by  | 17th Aug, 2012, 09:32: AM

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