King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry (Google eBook)"There is perhaps no better way to prepare for the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow than to learn the language of geometry." Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe The word "geometry" brings to mind an array of mathematical images: circles, triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem. Yet geometry is so much more than shapes and numbers; indeed, it governs much of our livesfrom architecture and microchips to car design, animated movies, the molecules of food, even our own body chemistry. And as Siobhan Roberts elegantly conveys in The King of Infinite Space, there can be no better guide to the majesty of geometry than Donald Coxeter, perhaps the greatest geometer of the twentieth century. Many of the greatest names in intellectual historyPythagoras, Plato, Archimedes, Euclid were geometers, and their creativity and achievements illuminate those of Coxeter, revealing geometry to be a living, everevolving endeavor, an intellectual adventure that has always been a building block of civilization. Coxeter's special contributionshis famed Coxeter groups and Coxeter diagramshave been called by other mathematicians "tools as essential as numbers themselves," but his greatest achievement was to almost singlehandedly preserve the tradition of classical geometry when it was under attack in a mathematical era that valued all things austere and rational. Coxeter also inspired many outside the field of mathematics. Artist M. C. Escher credited Coxeter with triggering his legendary Circle Limit patterns, while futurist/inventor Buckminster Fuller acknowledged that his famed geodesic dome owed much to Coxeter's vision. The King of Infinite Space is an elegant portal into the fascinating, arcane world of geometry. 
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Review: King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry
User Review  Tom Adams  GoodreadsThis book tells the story of an important but largely unknown mathematician. Roberts is a fine writer, and I enjoyed reading her stories about Coxeter: his history, his work, the people he influenced ... Read full review
Review: King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, the Man Who Saved Geometry
User Review  Dav  GoodreadsA great biography with enough technical overview on geometry to whet your whistle. It's not a sensational airportbookstore sort of biography, which I guess at least one reviewer here prefers, but I ... Read full review
Contents
CHAPTERI  17 
CHAPTER2  37 
CHAPTER3  59 
PART IlCoxeter Applied 171  71 
HAPTER 4  81 
CHAPTERIO  94 
CHAPTERS  102 
CHAPTERS  119 
HAPTER 7  139 
The Coxeterian Shapes of the Cosmos  230 
CHAPTERI3  251 
APPENDICES 18 159  289 
363  
ART CREDITS  377 
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