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The Beauty of Geometry: Twelve Essays

The Beauty of Geometry: Twelve Essays

By: H. S. M. Coxeter

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Written by a distinguished mathematician, the dozen absorbing essays in this versatile volume offer both supplementary classroom material and pleasurable reading for the mathematically inclined.
The essays promise to encourage readers in the further study of elementary geometry, not just for its own sake, but also for its broader applications, which receive a full and engaging treatment. Beginning with an analytic approach, the author reviews the functions of Schlafli and Lobatschefsky and discusses number theory in a dissertation on integral Cayley numbers. A detailed examination of group theory includes discussion of Wythoff's construction for uniform polytopes, as well as a chapter on regular skew polyhedra in three and four dimensions and their topological analogues. A profile of self-dual configurations and regular graphs introduces elements of graph theory, followed up with a chapter on twelve points in PG (5, 3) with 95040 self-transformations. Discussion of an upper bound for the number of equal nonoverlapping spheres that can touch another same-sized sphere develops aspects of communication theory, while relativity theory is explored in a chapter on reflected light signals.
Additional topics include the classification of zonohedra by means of projective diagrams, arrangements of equal spheres in non-Euclidean spaces, and regular honeycombs in hyperbolic space. Stimulating and thought-provoking, this collection is sure to interest students, mathematicians, and any math buff with its lucid treatment of geometry and the crucial role geometry can play in a wide range of mathematical applications.

H. S. M. Coxeter: Through the Looking Glass

Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter (1907–2003) is one of the greatest geometers of the last century, or of any century, for that matter. Coxeter was associated with the University of Toronto for sixty years, the author of twelve books regarded as classics in their field, a student of Hermann Weyl in the 1930s, and a colleague of the intriguing Dutch artist and printmaker Maurits Escher in the 1950s.

In the Author's Own Words:
"I'm a Platonist — a follower of Plato — who believes that one didn't invent these sorts of things, that one discovers them. In a sense, all these mathematical facts are right there waiting to be discovered."

"In our times, geometers are still exploring those new Wonderlands, partly for the sake of their applications to cosmology and other branches of science, but much more for the sheer joy of passing through the looking glass into a land where the familiar lines, planes, triangles, circles, and spheres are seen to behave in strange but precisely determined ways."

"Geometry is perhaps the most elementary of the sciences that enable man, by purely intellectual processes, to make predictions (based on observation) about the physical world. The power of geometry, in the sense of accuracy and utility of these deductions, is impressive, and has been a powerful motivation for the study of logic in geometry."

"Let us revisit Euclid. Let us discover for ourselves a few of the newer results. Perhaps we may be able to recapture some of the wonder and awe that our first contact with geometry aroused." — H. S. M. Coxeter

Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter (1907–2003) is one of the greatest geometers of the last century, or of any century, for that matter. Coxeter was associated with the University of Toronto for sixty years, the author of twelve books regarded as classics in their field, a student of Hermann Weyl in the 1930s, and a colleague of the intriguing Dutch artist and printmaker Maurits Escher in the 1950s.

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ISBN 100486409198
ISBN 139780486409191
Author/EditorH. S. M. Coxeter
FormatBook
Page Count288
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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