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Intrinsic Curvature

A Curvature such as Gaussian Curvature which is detectable to the ``inhabitants'' of a surface and not just outside observers. An Extrinsic Curvature, on the other hand, is not detectable to someone who can't study the 3-dimensional space surrounding the surface on which he resides.

See also Curvature, Extrinsic Curvature, Gaussian Curvature

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