# Center of curvature

In geometry, the **center of curvature** of a curve is found at a point that is at a distance from the curve equal to the radius of curvature lying on the normal vector. It is the point at infinity if the curvature is zero. The osculating circle to the curve is centered at the centre of curvature. Cauchy defined the center of curvature *C* as the intersection point of two infinitely close normal lines to the curve.^{[1]} The locus of centers of curvature for each point on the curve comprise the evolute of the curve.

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## Ref-notes

- ↑
- Borovik, Alexandre; Katz, Mikhail G. (2011), "Who gave you the Cauchy--Weierstrass tale? The dual history of rigorous calculus",
*Foundations of Science*, arXiv:1108.2885, doi:10.1007/s10699-011-9235-x

- Borovik, Alexandre; Katz, Mikhail G. (2011), "Who gave you the Cauchy--Weierstrass tale? The dual history of rigorous calculus",

## References

- Hilbert, David; Cohn-Vossen, Stephan (1952),
*Geometry and the Imagination*(2nd ed.), New York: Chelsea, ISBN 978-0-8284-0087-9

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