Euler's Gem : The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
David S. Richeson
Hardcover Book, 317 pages
""Euler's Gem" is a thoroughly satisfying meditation on one of mathematics' loveliest formulas. The author begins with Euler's act of seeing what no one previously had, and returns repeatedly to the resulting formula with ever more careful emendations and ever-widening points of view. This highly nuanced narrative sweeps the reader into the cascade of interlocking ideas which undergird modern topology and lend it its power and beauty."--Donal O'Shea, author of "The Poincare Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe"
"Beginning with Euler's famous polyhedron formula, continuing to modern concepts of 'rubber geometry, ' and advancing all the way to the proof of Poincare's Conjecture, Richeson's well-written and well-illustrated book is a gentle tour de force of topology."--George G. Szpiro, author of "Poincare's Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles"
"A fascinating and accessible excursion through two thousand years of mathematics. From Plato's Academy, via the bridges of Konigsberg, to the world of knots, soccer balls, and geodesic domes, the author's enthusiasm shines through. This attractive introduction to the origins of topology deserves to be widely read."--Robin Wilson, author of "Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved"
"Appealing and accessible to a general audience, this well-organized, well-supported, and well-written book contains vast amounts of information not found elsewhere. "Euler's Gem" is a significant and timely contribution to the field."--Edward Sandifer, Western Connecticut State University
""Euler's Gem" is a very good book. It succeeds in explaining complicated concepts in engaging layman's terms. Richeson is keenly aware of where the difficult twists and turns are located, and he covers them to satisfaction. This book is engaging and a joy to read."--Alejandro Lopez-Ortiz, University of Waterloo
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|Hardcover Book, 317 pages||English|
|Princeton University Press (Sep. 28th, 2008)||Unknown|
|9780691126777||6.10 x 9.20 x 1.10 inches|