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King of infinite space : Donald Coxeter, the man who saved geometry

Author: Siobhan Roberts
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Profiles the life and work of mathematician Donald Coxeter, discussing his efforts to prove geometry is an ever-evolving endeavor that forms the building blocks for creation.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: H S M Coxeter; H S M Coxeter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siobhan Roberts
ISBN: 0802714994 9780802714992
OCLC Number: 71436884
Description: xv, 399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword : Some personal reminiscences of Donald Coxeter / by Douglas R. Hofstadter --
Part I. Pure Coxeter. Introducing Donald Coxeter --
Mr. Polytope goes to Budapest --
Young Donald in Wonderland --
Aunt Alice, and the Cambridge cloister --
Coming of age at Princeton with the gods of symmetry --
Love, loss, and Ludwig Wittgenstein --
"Death to triangles!" --
Tangents on politics and family values --
Bourbaki prints a diagram --
Part II. Coxeter applied. Bucky Fuller, and bridging the "geometry gap" --
C₆₀, immunoglobulin, zeolites, and Coxeter@Math. Toronto.edu --
"Coxetering" with M.C. Escher (and praising other artists) --
The Coxeterian shapes of the cosmos --
Part III. Aftermath. Full circle symmetry --
Appendices. Fibonacci and phyllotaxis --
Schläfli symbols of the 3-D and 4-D regular polytopes --
Coxeter diagrams --
Coxeter groups --
Morley's Miracle --
Freeman Dyson on "Unfashionable Pursuits" --
Crystallography and Penrose toilet paper --
The mathematical publications of H.S.M. Coxeter.
Responsibility: Siobhan Roberts.

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Profiles the life and work of mathematician Donald Coxeter, discussing his efforts to prove geometry is an ever-evolving endeavor that forms the building blocks for creation.

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