The third edition of this definitive and popular book continues to pursue the question: what is the most efficient way to pack a large number of equal spheres in n-dimensional Euclidean space? The authors also examine such related issues as the kissing number problem, the covering problem, the quantizing problem, and the classification of lattices and quadratic forms. There is also a description of the applications of these questions to other areas of mathematics and science such as number theory, coding theory, group theory, analogue-to-digital conversion and data compression, n-dimensional crystallography, dual theory and superstring theory in physics. New and of special interest is a report on some recent developments in the field, and an updated and enlarged supplementary bibliography with over 800 items.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 706
Weight: 2800 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 41 mm
Edition: 3rd ed. 1999
J.H. Conway and N.J.A. Sloane
Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups
"This is the third edition of this reference work in the literature on sphere packings and related subjects. In addition to the content of the preceding editions, the present edition provides in its preface a detailed survey on recent developments in the field, and an exhaustive supplementary bibliography for 1988-1998. A few chapters in the main text have also been revised."-MATHEMATICAL REVIEWS