The Kissing Problem in Three Dimensions

  title={The Kissing Problem in Three Dimensions},
  author={Oleg R. Musin},
  journal={Discrete & Computational Geometry},
The kissing number k(3) is the maximal number of equal size nonoverlapping spheres in three dimensions that can touch another sphere of the same size. This number was the subject of a famous discussion between Isaac Newton and David Gregory in 1694. The first proof that k(3) = 12 was given by Schütte and van der Waerden only in 1953. In this paper we present a new solution of the Newton–Gregory problem that uses our extension of the Delsarte method. This proof relies on basic calculus and… CONTINUE READING
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