The Poincaré conjecture: in search of the shape of the universeConceived 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 milliondollar prize for a solution, Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman, posted his solution on the Internet instead of publishing it in a peerreviewed 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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User Review  Katlego Makgoale  GoodreadsI 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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User Review  Akshay Degwekar  GoodreadsThe 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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