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Euler's Gem : the Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology.

Author: David S Richeson
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2019.
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How a simple equation reshaped mathematicsLeonhard Euler's polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects--from soccer balls and gemstones to Buckminster Fuller's buildings and giant all-carbon molecules. Yet Euler's theorem is so simple it can be explained to a child. From ancient Greek geometry to today's cutting-edge research, Euler's Gem celebrates the discovery of Euler's beloved polyhedron formula  Read more...
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Richeson, David S.
Euler's Gem : The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David S Richeson
ISBN: 9780691191997 0691191999
OCLC Number: 1104713778
Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface to the Princeton Science Library Edition --
Preface --
Introduction --
Chapter 1. Leonhard Euler and His Three "Great" Friends --
Chapter 2. What Is a Polyhedron? --
Chapter 3. The Five Perfect Bodies --
Chapter 4. The Pythagorean Brotherhood and Plato's Atomic Theory --
Chapter 5. Euclid and His Elements --
Chapter 6. Kepler's Polyhedral Universe --
Chapter 7. Euler's Gem --
Chapter 8. Platonic Solids, Golf Balls, Fullerenes, and Geodesic Domes --
Chapter 9. Scooped by Descartes? --
Chapter 10. Legendre Gets It Right --
Chapter 11. A Stroll through Königsberg --
Chapter 12. Cauchy's Flattened Polyhedra --
Chapter 13. Planar Graphs, Geoboards, and Brussels Sprouts --
Chapter 14. It's a Colorful World --
Chapter 15. New Problems and New Proofs --
Chapter 16. Rubber Sheets, Hollow Doughnuts, and Crazy Bottles --
Chapter 17. Are They the Same, or Are They Different? --
Chapter 18. A Knotty Problem --
Chapter 19. Combing the Hair on a Coconut --
Chapter 20. When Topology Controls Geometry --
Chapter 21. The Topology of Curvy Surfaces --
Chapter 22. Navigating in n Dimensions --
Chapter 23. Henri Poincaré and the Ascendance of Topology --
Epilogue: The Million-Dollar Question --
Acknowledgments --
Appendix A: Build Your Own Polyhedra and Surfaces --
Appendix B: Recommended Readings --
Notes --
References --
Illustration Credits --
Index
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How a simple equation reshaped mathematicsLeonhard Euler's polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects--from soccer balls and gemstones to Buckminster Fuller's buildings and giant all-carbon molecules. Yet Euler's theorem is so simple it can be explained to a child. From ancient Greek geometry to today's cutting-edge research, Euler's Gem celebrates the discovery of Euler's beloved polyhedron formula and its far-reaching impact on topology, the study of shapes. Using wonderful examples and numerous illustrations, David Richeson presents this mathematical idea's many elegant and unexpected applications, such as showing why there is always some windless spot on earth, how to measure the acreage of a tree farm by counting trees, and how many crayons are needed to color any map. Filled with a who's who of brilliant mathematicians who questioned, refined, and contributed to a remarkable theorem's development, Euler's Gem will fascinate every mathematics enthusiast. This paperback edition contains a new preface by the author.

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