Poincaré's Prize

Poincaré's Prize

The Hundred-year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles

Book - 2007
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The fascinating tale of the solving of the famous enigma in the shape of space - part history and part maths. In the world of maths, the Poincare Conjecture was the holy grail. Mathematicians laboured over decades to crack it, with the lure of academic recognition and a one million dollar prize at stake. Finally it has been solved - by a reclusive Russian, who, when he won the Fields Medal, refused to attend the ceremony in favour of staying at home and watching television.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, c2007.
ISBN: 9780525950240
Branch Call Number: 510.76 S998
Characteristics: ix, 309 p.

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John_M
Jul 19, 2011

I did not know the mathematical community could be so intriguing. This book follows the development and many false starts into a conjecture that took almost 100 years to solve. This could have had a bit more mathematics, even if only in an annex but still a great story and well presented.

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duanhao
Apr 10, 2010

This book is a good read regarding a topic in topology. It is accessible to the average reader, and interestingly enough, the conjecture (now a theorem) can be introduced with basic notions of topology but the work involved to prove it far exceeds the statement as it can be shown in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing what is the characterization of a sphere. I.e. What makes a sphere a sphere?

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