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


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Leonhard Euler's polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects--from soccer balls and gemstones to giant all-carbon molecules. "Euler's Gem" tells the illuminating story of this indispensable mathematical idea. Line drawings and tables throughout.

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Apr 8, 2010

Euler's Gem: A gem itself.

When I became aware of the formula " e to the i pi plus one equals zero" I thought that, for sure, there was a god, and he/she/it was a mathematician (among other things). Euler developed this formula, too, as the book describes.

The bok is really a history lesson in mathematics, and in context with other developments and events that are more familiar to the history student.

If you love mathematics, and history, as I do, this is a real treat. Don't miss it.

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