Poincare Conjecture In Search of the Shape of the Universe
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Description: "O'Shea tells the fascinating story of this mathematical mystery and its solution by the eccentric Mr. Perelman."--"Wall Street Journal "In 1904, Henri Poincare, a giant among mathematicians who transformed the fledging area of topology into a powerful field essential to all mathematics and physics, posed the Poincare conjecture, a tantalizing puzzle that speaks to the possible shape of the universe. For more than a century, the conjecture resisted attempts to prove or disprove it. As Donal O'Shea reveals in his elegant narrative, Poincare's conjecture opens a door to the history of geometry, from the Pythagoreans of ancient Greece to the celebrated geniuses of the nineteenth-century German academy and, ultimately, to a fascinating array of personalities--Poincare and Bernhard Riemann, William Thurston and Richard Hamilton, and the eccentric genius who appears to have solved it, Grigory Perelman. The solution seems certain to open up new corners of the mathematical universe.
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Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 1/2/2008
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
|Cambridge, April 2003|
|The Shape of the Earth|
|The Shape of the Universe|
|Bernhard Riemann's Probationary Lecture|
|Klein and Poincare|
|Poincare's Topological Papers|
|The Great Savants|
|The Conjecture Takes Hold|
|A Solution in the New Millennium|
|Madrid, August 2006|
|Glossary of Terms|
|Glossary of Names|