Sphere Packings

  • Károly Bezdek
Part of the CMS Books in Mathematics book series (CMSBM)


The main problem in this section is fondly known as the kissing number problem. The kissing number τd is the maximum number of nonoverlapping d-dimensional balls of equal size that can touch a congruent one in the d-dimensional Euclidean space \(\mathbb{E}^d\). In three dimensions this question was the subject of a famous discussion between Isaac Newton and David Gregory in 1694. So, it is not surprising that the literature on the kissing number problem is an extensive one. Perhaps the best source of information on this problem is the book [108] by Conway and Sloane. In what follows we give a short description of the present status of this problem.


Unit Ball Voronoi Cell Sphere Packing Circle Packing Contact Graph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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