David S. Richeson

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When Math Gets Impossibly Hard

September 14, 2020

Mathematicians have long grappled with the reality that some problems just don’t have solutions.

About the author

David S. Richeson is a professor of mathematics at Dickinson College. He is the author of Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity and Euler’s Gem: The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology.