King of Infinite Space

Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry

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


“An elegant biography of an elegant man.”

—John Horton Conway, John von Neumann Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University

“There is no substitute for Coxeter, and no substitute for this long-overdue treatment of his life.”

-WASHINGTON POST, Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin, author of How Not To Be Wrong

“Siobhan Roberts has achieved something extraordinary in this book, a paean to a geometer and all geometry. It tells a brave, compelling story. It comprehends a whole universe— our universe — of kaleidoscopes and crystals, groups and symmetry, bicycles and snowflakes, music and movement.It is lucid, beautiful, and exalting.”

—James Gleick, author of The Information and Chaos

“Roberts’ book really soars in its description of Coxeter’s work and his ability to visualize space, to communicate the poetry of geometry and to inspire other mathematicians, physicists and artists…”

-CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Nathan L. Harshman, American University

 “What emerges loud and clear in King of Infinite Space is that Siobhan Roberts understands Coxeter’s spirit very deeply. She understands what drove him, and she knows just how to put into words the fire that always inhabits a great mathematician’s soul.”

—Douglas Hofstadter, Indiana University, author of Gödel, Escher, Bach and I Am A Strange Loop

King of Infinite Space is part biography, part scientific history and part epic. It offers poignant looks into Coxeter’s soul.”

-GLOBE AND MAIL, Jeffrey Rosenthal, University of Toronto, author of Struck By Lightening

“What a wonderful world Siobhan Roberts evokes through this scientific portrait of the inimitable geometer, Donald Coxeter…. Like the fine and thoughtful sketches of Jeremy Bernstein and James Gleick, Roberts succeeds beautifully in crossing mathematics with the quirky, imaginative, and productive life of one of our greatest modern mathematical thinkers.

—Peter Galison, Harvard University, author of Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps and Objectivity

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