King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry

King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry

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ISBN-13: 9780802714992
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 09/19/2006
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Siobhan Roberts is a journalist, and won a National Magazine Award for her profile of Donald Coxeter in Toronto, and this is her first book.

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King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
---fan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book spends a lot of time on people with connections to Coxeter. At times, these connections can be slight. As a result of this, the actual developments in Coxeter's life appear to take on a secondary role.Nonetheless, the book gives a fascinating portrait of a fascinating mathematician. It made me want to seek out some of Coxeter's work!
sthitha_pragjna on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The footnotes are extensive. The bibliography is thorough. But I found the book a bit wanting. I want to buy the '64 math book on "Projective geometry" by Coxter, and get a collection of his papers.The appendices provided in the book are well-intended, but Conway'd proof of Morley's theorem is provided without sufficient labeling or coloring.Overall, a nicely written book about a unique geometer, someone praised by Freeman Dyson and followed by JHConway cannot fail to be a trailblazer.His Regular Polytopes is of course his magnum opus.The biography is well-intended, but in this reviewer's opinion came up a bit short in flow and heavy mathematical substance. Three stars.