By David S. Richeson

Leonhard Euler's polyhedron formulation describes the constitution of many objects--from football balls and gems to Buckminster Fuller's structures and monstrous all-carbon molecules. but Euler's formulation is so easy it may be defined to a toddler. Euler's Gem tells the illuminating tale of this necessary mathematical idea.

From old Greek geometry to modern state of the art examine, Euler's Gem celebrates the invention of Euler's loved polyhedron formulation and its far-reaching effect on topology, the learn of shapes. In 1750, Euler saw that any polyhedron composed of V vertices, E edges, and F faces satisfies the equation V-E+F=2. David Richeson tells how the Greeks neglected the formulation completely; how Descartes nearly came upon it yet fell brief; how nineteenth-century mathematicians widened the formula's scope in ways in which Euler by no means predicted by way of adapting it to be used with doughnut shapes, tender surfaces, and better dimensional shapes; and the way twentieth-century mathematicians chanced on that each form has its personal Euler's formulation. utilizing outstanding examples and various illustrations, Richeson offers the formula's many stylish and unforeseen functions, similar to exhibiting why there's continuously a few windless spot in the world, find out how to degree the acreage of a tree farm through counting bushes, and the way many crayons are had to colour any map.

packed with a who is who of magnificent mathematicians who wondered, sophisticated, and contributed to a notable theorem's improvement, Euler's Gem will fascinate each arithmetic enthusiast.

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