The Poincaré conjecture: in search of the shape of the universe

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Walker & Co., 2007 - Mathematics - 293 pages
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Conceived in 1904, the Poincare conjecture, a puzzle that speaks to the possible shape of the universe and lies at the heart of modern topology and geometry, has resisted attempts by generations of mathematicians to prove or to disprove it. Despite a million-dollar prize for a solution, Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman, posted his solution on the Internet instead of publishing it in a peer-reviewed journal. This book "tells the story of the fascinating personalities, institutions, and scholarship behind the centuries of mathematics that have led to Perelman's dramatic proof." The author also chronicles dramatic events at the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, where Perelman was awarded a Fields Medal for his solution, which he declined.

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I enjoy books about mathematics. Not a daunting read, easily understood and very clear explainations. Takes some imagination and thinking to get ones mind around the concepts discussed but all in all ... Read full review

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The book - 'The Poincare Conjecture' by O'Shea is a very interesting read. It tries to narrate the human side of mathematics and the stories of people involved in creating new math. The book's initial ... Read full review


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Donal O’Shea is professor of mathematics and dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke College. He has written scholarly books and monographs, and his research articles have appeared in numerous journals and collections. He lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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