Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Poincare's conjecture

Dennis Overbye has a great article in the NYT today about the resolution(?) of Poincare's conjecture. He does an excellent job describing both the conjecture itself and the main line of attack that Perelman follows, while narrating the history of the proof both accurately and without unnecessary romanticization of the mathematicians involved.

For a more detailed nontechnical survey that goes more into the roles of the different players, see Allyn Jackson's article on the latest Notices of the AMS. A more technical account is presented in a manuscript by Shing-Tung Yau.


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