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To Prove the Optimal Packing

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Science  29 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5637, pp. 1186
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088785

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Kepler's Conjecture How Some of the Greatest Minds in History Helped Solve One of the Oldest Math Problems in the World. By George G. Szpiro. Wiley, New York, 2003. 304 pp. $24.95, C$38.95, £18.50. ISBN 0-471-08601-0.

Writing for a popular audience, Szpiro provides an account of the history of efforts--from Kepler to Tom Hales--to prove that the densest packing of spheres is given by the face-centered cubic arrangement.