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The Pursuit of Perfect Packing Hardcover – January 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0750306485 ISBN-10: 0750306483

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750306483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750306485
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,628,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a timely book … In general, materials scientists and engineers venturing into the world of nano-structures should read this book as a general introduction to a fascinating field.
-T. M Sabine, Consultant Physicist, The Physicist

It is an entertaining introduction to the field for both specialists and the more general public.
-Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie

This book is full of goodies. It is a romp through and around sphere packings and its relatives. From the catchy titles of the sections to the charming photographs, anecdotes, verses, quotes, snipettes of philosophy there is so much to enjoy … All the diagrams and the many photographs of models are excellent.
-William Moser, Zentralblatt Math

This is an excellent read!
-Short Book Reviews

…the reader will want to return to it often to treasure its various little gems. I found it a most delightful book.
-The London Mathematical Society

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This is a timely book … In general, materials scientists and engineers venturing into the world of nano-structures should read this book as a general introduction to a fascinating field.
-T. M Sabine, Consultant Physicist, The Physicist

It is an entertaining introduction to the field for both specialists and the more general public.
-Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie

This book is full of goodies. It is a romp through and around sphere packings and its relatives. From the catchy titles of the sections to the charming photographs, anecdotes, verses, quotes, snipettes of philosophy there is so much to enjoy … All the diagrams and the many photographs of models are excellent.
-William Moser, Zentralblatt Math

This is an excellent read!
-Short Book Reviews

The book is a treasure trove of intriguing examples, often accompanied by useful illustrations. …We are very fortunate to have available the book by Aste and Weaire, a real gem, which can be enjoyed by all audiences with at least some college experience.
-The Mathematical Association of American


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed Pegg Jr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A good starting discussion for packing problems, even though several issues are not covered (look at Erich's Packing Center for the next edition). Chapters cover Circle packings, sphere packings, the Hales proof, seed shapes, honeycombs, bubbles, atoms and crystals, fractal aggregates, The Giant's Causeway, buckyballs, higher dimensional packings, and various odds and ends. There are lots of illustrations and good discussions. I would have prefered for more to be packed into the book. Still, it's the best introductory book on packing I know of.
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Format: Hardcover
The text is packed with both 'ordered' and 'disordered' discussions of several packing problems that arise in daily life as well as in crystallography, physics and abstract mathematics. A book serves as a nice introduction to the solved and the unsolved mysteries and myths of packing problems. The enthusiasm of Aste and Weaire is infectious, and the reach of concepts described here is far ranging and deep. Yet the text itself an easy read, perhaps even high school kids can enjoy it, though graduate students and teachers will find it most illuminating and informative!
(May 11/ 2004)
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