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Kepler's Conjecture: How Some of the Greatest Minds in History Helped Solve One of the Oldest Math Problems in the World Hardcover – 25 Mar 2003

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471086010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471086017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.6 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,667,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...gives an entertaining and readable account of the history of the problem and the attempts to solve it..." (Nature, 11 September 2003)

"...an invigorating affirmation of math′s endless allure, and a neat lesson in why it pays to take nothing for granted..." (New Scientist, 13 September 2003)

"...the perfect balance of tone between mathematical explanation and historical exposition..." (M2 Best Books, 18 August 2003)

"...well–crafted piece of popular science writing..." (Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol 26: No. 1)

“…a nicely written approach…explained and presented in a conveniently readable manner.” (Zentralblatt MATH, March 2007)

Synopsis

The fascinating story of a problem that perplexed mathematicians for nearly 400 years In 1611, Johannes Kepler proposed that the best way to pack spheres as densely as possible was to pile them up in the same way that grocers stack oranges or tomatoes. This proposition, known as Kepler's Conjecture, seemed obvious to everyone except mathematicians, who seldom take anyone's word for anything. In the tradition of Fermat's Enigma, George Szpiro shows how the problem engaged and stymied many men of genius over the centuries----Sir Walter Raleigh, astronomer Tycho Brahe, Sir Isaac Newton, mathematicians C. F. Gauss and David Hilbert, and R. Buckminster Fuller, to name a few----until Thomas Hales of the University of Michigan submitted what seems to be a definitive proof in 1998. George G. Szpiro (Jerusalem, Israel) is a mathematician turned journalist. He is currently the Israel correspondent for the Swiss daily Neue Zurcher Zeitung.

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