Sphere Packings and Kissing Numbers

  • J. H. Conway
  • N. J. A. Sloane
Part of the Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (GL, volume 290)

Abstract

The first three chapters describe some of the questions that motivated this book. In this chapter we discuss the problems of packing spheres in Euclidean space and of packing points on the surface of a sphere. The kissing number problem is an important special case of the latter, and asks how many spheres can just touch another sphere of the same size. We summarize what is known about these topics and also introduce terminology that will be used throughout the book.

Keywords

Hexagonal Lattice Ball Bearing Minimal Angle Sphere Packing Lattice Packing 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Conway
  • N. J. A. Sloane

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations