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Author Richeson, David S. (David Scott)
Title Euler's gem : the polyhedron formula and the birth of topology / David S. Richeson.
Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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 Main Collection  QA611.A3 R53 2008    AVAILABLE


Call # QA611.A3 R53 2008
Phys. Description xii, 317 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-308) and index.
Contents Leonhard Euler and his three "great" friends -- What is a polyhedron? -- The five perfect bodies -- The Pythagorean brotherhood and Plato's atomic theory -- Euclid and his elements -- Kepler's polyhedral universe -- Euler's gem -- Platonic solids, gold balls, Fullerenes, and geodesic domes -- Scooped by Descartes? -- Legendre gets it right -- A stroll through Königsberg -- Cauchy's flattened polyhedra -- Planar graphs, geoboards, and brussels sprouts -- It's a colorful world -- New problems and new proofs -- Rubber sheets, hollow doughnuts, and crazy bottles -- Are they the same, or are they different? -- A knotty problem -- Combing the hair on a coconut -- When topology controls geometry -- The topology of curvy surfaces -- Navigating in n dimensions -- Henri Poincaré and the ascendance of topology -- The million-dollar question.
Subject Topology -- History.
ISBN 9780691126777 (alk. paper)
0691126771 (alk. paper)