The man who saved geometry

Crying `Death to Triangles!' a generation of mathematicians tried to eliminate geometry in favor of algebra. Were it not for Donald Coxeter, they might have succeeded.

Donald Coxeter peers into a giant kaleidoscope (right).
Donald Coxeter peers into a giant kaleidoscope (right). (Eden Robbins Photo at left) Eden Robbins Photo at left
By Siobhan Roberts
September 10, 2006

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FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, talk of geometry induces flashbacks to high school math class anxieties-fumbling with compasses and protractors and memorizing triangle theorems. So the idea that geometry was once on the brink of extinction as an academic subject does not elicit much regret or nostalgia. (Full article: 1299 words)

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