# A conceptual breakthrough in sphere packing

@article{Cohn2016ACB, title={A conceptual breakthrough in sphere packing}, author={Henry Cohn}, journal={arXiv: Metric Geometry}, year={2016} }

This expository paper describes Viazovska's breakthrough solution of the sphere packing problem in eight dimensions, as well as its extension to twenty-four dimensions by Cohn, Kumar, Miller, Radchenko, and Viazovska.

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