Sphere Packings / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Sphere packings is one of the most fascinating and challenging subjects in mathematics. In the course of centuries, many exciting results have been obtained, ingenious methods created, related challenging problems proposed, and many surprising connections with other subjects found. This book gives a full account of this fascinating subject, especially its local aspects, discrete aspects, and its proof methods. The book includes both classical and contemporary results and provides a full treatment of the subject.
Table of Contents
The Gregory-Newton Problem and Kepler’s Conjecture.- Positive Definite Quadratic Forms and Lattice Sphere Packings.- Lower Bounds for the Packing Densities of Spheres.- Lower Bounds for the Blocking Numbers and the Kissing Numbers of Spheres.- Sphere Packings Constructed from Codes.- Upper Bounds for the Packing Densities and the Kissing Numbers of Spheres I.- Upper Bounds for the Packing Densities and the Kissing Numbers of Spheres II.- Upper Bounds for the Packing Densities and the Kissing Numbers of Spheres III.- The Kissing Numbers of Spheres in Eight and Twenty-Four Dimensions.- Multiple Sphere Packings.- Holes in Sphere Packings.- Problems of Blocking Light Rays.- Finite Sphere Packings.