Poincaré's Prize

Poincaré's Prize

The Hundred-year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2007.
ISBN: 9780525950240
0525950249
Branch Call Number: 510.76 Szp 3583ul 1
510.76 Szp 3583tc 1
Characteristics: ix, 309 p.

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John_M
Jul 19, 2011

I did not know the mathematical community could be so intriguing. This book follows the development and many false starts into a conjecture that took almost 100 years to solve. This could have had a bit more mathematics, even if only in an annex but still a great story and well presented.

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duanhao
Apr 10, 2010

This book is a good read regarding a topic in topology. It is accessible to the average reader, and interestingly enough, the conjecture (now a theorem) can be introduced with basic notions of topology but the work involved to prove it far exceeds the statement as it can be shown in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing what is the characterization of a sphere. I.e. What makes a sphere a sphere?

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