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Poincaré's prize : the hundred-year quest to solve one of math's greatest puzzles

Author: George Szpiro
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2007.
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Traces the hundred-year effort to solve the Poincaré Conjecture and its successful solution by Grigory Perelman, an impoverished Russian recluse who refused all prizes and academic appointments while solving an array of mathematical conundrums.
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Szpiro, George, 1950-
Poincaré's prize.
New York : Dutton, c2007
(OCoLC)652310299
Named Person: Grigory Perelman
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Szpiro
ISBN: 9780525950240 0525950249
OCLC Number: 105464690
Description: ix, 309 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Fit for a king : Grigori Perelman's unprecedented refusal of a Fields Medal for solving one of the greatest problems of our age. The king waits in vain --
What flies know and ants don't : the importance of dimensions for Christopher Columbus and for bugs --
The forensic engineer : the life of Henri Poincaré, in particular his investigation of a tragedy in a coal mine --
An Oscar for the best script : Poincaré's prizewinning theory of the solar system's stability ... and the scandal --
Geometry without Euclid : topology; how this mathematical discipline has developed since Euler --
From Copenhagen and Hamburg to Black Mountain, North Carolina : Poincaré's first, incorrect attempt to prove the conjecture ... and the parts he got right --
What the conjecture is really all about : imaging things that are unimaginable --
Dead ends and a mysterious disease : around the world with three-dimensional spheres --
Voyage to higher dimensions : a rock-collecting yippie amazes the world --
Inquisition--West Coast style : how other hopefuls ended up with egg on their faces --
Watching things go "pop" : Richard Hamilton gets going with the Ricci flow ... and then gets stuck --
The cigar surgeon : The proof lands on the Internet. Swooping up Poincaré, Thurston, and Hamilton. History is made --
The gang of four, plus two : vetting the proof, a math professor pushes his protégés into the limelight --
The prize : the minor matter of a million dollars. Does money motivate math?
Responsibility: George G. Szpiro.
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Traces the hundred-year effort to solve the Poincaré Conjecture and its successful solution by Grigory Perelman, an impoverished Russian recluse who refused all prizes and academic appointments while solving an array of mathematical conundrums.

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