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Euler's Gem

The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology

David S. Richeson David S. Richeson



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Princeton University Pres
23 July 2019
How a simple equation reshaped mathematics
Leonhard Euler's polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects-from soccer balls and gemstones to Buckminster Fuller's buildings and giant all-carbon molecules. Yet Euler's theorem is so simple it can be explained to a child. From ancient Greek geometry to today's cutting-edge research, Eul
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Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   64
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191379
ISBN 10:   0691191379
Series:   Princeton Science Library
Pages:   336
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Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David S. Richeson is professor of mathematics at Dickinson College.

Reviews for Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology

David Richeson's Euler's Gem does an outstanding job of explaining serious mathematics to a general audience. . . . The book succeeds at showing the reader a lot of attractive mathematics with a well-chosen level of technical detail. -Jeremy L. Martin, Notices of the AMS It was a pleasure reading this book, and I recommend it to everyone who is not afraid of mathematical arguments and has ever wondered what this field of `rubbersheet geometry' is about. You will not be disappointed. -Jeanine Daems, Mathematical Intelligencer This is an excellent book about a great man and a timeless formula. -Charles Ashbacher, Journal of Recreational Mathematics The author has achieved a remarkable feat, introducing a naive reader to a rich history without compromising the insights and without leaving out a delicious detail. . . . An awe-inspiring experience. -Choice

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