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Genre/Form: | History |
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Document Type: | Book |

All Authors / Contributors: |
David S Richeson |

ISBN: | 9780691126777 0691126771 |

OCLC Number: | 225091369 |

Awards: | Winner of Mathematical Association of America's Euler Book Prize 2010. Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2009. |

Description: | xii, 317 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. |

Contents: | Leonhard Euler and his three "great" friends -- What is a polyhedron? -- The five perfect bodies -- The Pythagorean brotherhood and Plato's atomic theory -- Euclid and his elements -- Kepler's polyhedral universe -- Euler's gem -- Platonic solids, gold balls, Fullerenes, and geodesic domes -- Scooped by Descartes? -- Legendre gets it right -- A stroll through Königsberg -- Cauchy's flattened polyhedra -- Planar graphs, geoboards, and Brussels sprouts -- It's a colorful world -- New problems and new proofs -- Rubber sheets, hollow doughnuts, and crazy bottles -- Are they the same, or are they different? -- A knotty problem -- Combing the hair on a coconut -- When topology controls geometry -- The topology of curvy surfaces -- Navigating in n dimensions -- Henri Poincaré and the ascendance of topology -- The million-dollar question. |

Responsibility: | David S. Richeson. |

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Winner of the 2010 Euler Book Prize, Mathematical Association of America One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009 "The author has achieved a remarkable feat, introducing a naive reader to a rich history without compromising the insights and without leaving out a delicious detail. Furthermore, he describes the development of topology from a suggestion by Gottfried Leibniz to its algebraic formulation by Emmy Noether, relating all to Euler's formula. This book will be valuable to every library with patrons looking for an awe-inspiring experience."--Choice "This is an excellent book about a great man and a timeless formula."--Charles Ashbacher, Journal of Recreational Mathematics "I liked Richeson's style of writing. He is enthusiastic and humorous. It was a pleasure reading this book, and I recommend it to everyone who is not afraid of mathematical arguments and has ever wondered what this field of 'rubbersheet geometry' is about. You will not be disappointed."--Jeanine Daems, Mathematical Intelligencer "The book is a pleasure to read for professional mathematicians, students of mathematicians or anyone with a general interest in mathematics."--European Mathematical Society Newsletter "I found much more to like than to criticize in Euler's Gem. At its best, the book succeeds at showing the reader a lot of attractive mathematics with a well-chosen level of technical detail. I recommend it both to professional mathematicians and to their seatmates."--Jeremy L. Martin, Notices of the AMS "I highly recommend this book for teachers interested in geometry or topology, particularly for university faculty. The examples, proofs, and historical anecdotes are interesting, informative, and useful for encouraging classroom discussions. Advanced students will also glimpse the broad horizons of mathematics by reading (and working through) the book."--Dustin L. Jones, Mathematics Teacher "The book should interest non-mathematicians as well as mathematicians. It is written in a lively way, mathematical properties are explained well and several biographical details are included."--Krzysztof Ciesielski, Mathematical Reviews Read more...

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