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The Story of the Higher-Dimensional Poincaré Conjecture (What Actually Happened on the Beaches of Rio de Janeiro)
Stephen Smale
AMS-MAA Joint Lecture Series
1989; 60 minutes; DVD
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4698-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4698-8
List Price: US$25
Order Code: DVD/30
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In this moving lecture, Smale presents a personal account of the events surrounding his famous proof of the Poincaré Conjecture for dimensions greater than 4. As he reads from original documents from the government and from science publications, the discrimination he endured and the support provided by his mathematical colleagues offer an intriguing glimpse into the way politics can influence science policy. (Phoenix, AZ, 1989)

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