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Author O'Shea, Donal.

Title The Poincaré conjecture: in search of the shape of the universe / Donal O'Shea.

Published New York : Walker & Co. ; Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Physical description ix, 293 : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-272) and index.
Contents 1. Cambridge, April 2003 -- 2. The shape of the earth -- 3. Possible worlds -- 4. The shape of the universe -- 5. Euclid's geometry -- 6. The non-Euclideans -- 7. Bernhard Riemann's probationary lecture -- 8. Riemann's legacy -- 9. Klein and Poincare -- 10. Poincare's topological papers -- 11. The great savants -- 12. The conjecture takes hold -- 13. Higher dimensions -- 14. A solution in the new millennium -- 15. Madrid, August 2006.
Summary "Donal O'Shea charts the trajectory of geometric knowledge from the scribes of vanished Babylon to the great trailblazers of mathematics in our times that led to Poincare's famed proposition, and recounts the fascinating and competitive attempts to resolve it over the past century."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author International Congress of Mathematicians (2006 : Madrid, Spain)
Subject Poincaré, Henri, 1854-1912.
Perelman, Grigori, 1966-
Manifolds (Mathematics)
Algebraic topology.
Mathematics -- Awards -- History.
Mathematicians -- History.
ISBN 080271532X