By K?roly Bezdek

ISBN-10: 1441905995

ISBN-13: 9781441905994

ISBN-10: 1441906002

ISBN-13: 9781441906007

About the writer: Karoly Bezdek got his Dr.rer.nat.(1980) and Habilitation (1997) levels in arithmetic from the Eötvös Loránd college, in Budapest and his Candidate of Mathematical Sciences (1985) and healthcare professional of Mathematical Sciences (1994) levels from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. he's the writer of greater than a hundred examine papers and at present he's professor and Canada learn Chair of arithmetic on the college of Calgary. in regards to the e-book: This multipurpose publication can function a textbook for a semester lengthy graduate point direction giving a short creation to Discrete Geometry. It can even function a learn monograph that leads the reader to the frontiers of the newest study advancements within the classical middle a part of discrete geometry. eventually, the forty-some chosen learn difficulties supply an exceptional probability to take advantage of the publication as a brief challenge publication aimed toward complicated undergraduate and graduate scholars in addition to researchers. The textual content is established round 4 significant and via now classical difficulties in discrete geometry. the 1st is the matter of densest sphere packings, which has greater than a hundred years of mathematically wealthy background. the second one significant issue is sometimes quoted below the nearly 50 years previous illumination conjecture of V. Boltyanski and H. Hadwiger. The 3rd subject is on protecting via planks and cylinders with emphases at the affine invariant model of Tarski's plank challenge, which used to be raised via T. Bang greater than 50 years in the past. The fourth subject is headquartered round the Kneser-Poulsen Conjecture, which is also nearly 50 years outdated. All 4 issues witnessed very fresh leap forward effects, explaining their significant function during this book.

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4 Let 0 < c(d, k) ≤ 1 denote the largest real number with the property that if K is an ellipsoid and C1 , . . , CN are k-codimensional cylinN N ders in Ed , 1 ≤ k ≤ d − 1 such that K ⊂ i=1 Ci , then i=1 crvK (Ci ) ≥ c(d, k). Determine c(d, k) for given d and k. 2 imply that c(d, d − 1) = 1 and c(d, 1) = 1; moreover, c(d, k) ≥ 1d . On the other hand, a clever con(k ) struction due to Kadets [174] shows that if d − k ≥ 3 is a fixed integer, then limd→∞ c(d, k) = 0. 4 seems to be open as well. 5 Prove or disprove the existence of a universal constant c > 0 (independent of d) with the property that if Bd denotes the unit ball centered at the origin o in Ed and C1 , .

7 Let K and C be convex bodies in Ed , d ≥ 2. , rC (K, n)). An optimal partition is achieved by n − 1 parallel hyperplane cuts equally spaced along the minimal C-width of the rC (K, n)C-rounded body of K. 2 Covering Convex Bodies by Cylinders In his paper [18], Bang, by describing a concrete example and writing that it may be extremal, proposes investigating a quite challenging question that can be phrased as follows. 1 Prove or disprove that the sum of the base areas of finitely many cylinders covering a 3-dimensional convex body is at least half of the minimum area 2-dimensional projection of the body.

However, the Illumination Conjecture is widely open for convex d-polytopes as well as for non-smooth convex bodies in Ed for all d ≥ 3. In fact, a proof of the Illumination Conjecture for polytopes alone would not immediately imply its correctness for convex bodies in general, mainly because of the so-called upper semicontinuity of the illumination numbers of convex bodies. More exactly, here we refer to the following statement ([84]). K. 2 Let K be a convex body in Ed . Then for any convex body K sufficiently close to K in the Hausdorff metric of the convex bodies in Ed the inequality I(K ) ≤ I(K) holds (often with strict inequality).

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