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In 1694, a famous discussion between two of the leading scientists of the day - <b>Isaac Newton</b> and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. The discussion concerned the <b>kissing problem</b>, but it was to be another 260 years before the problem was finally solved. </div>
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<h2>Twelve's Company, Thirteen's a Crowd</h2>
<p>In 1694, a famous discussion between two of the leading scientists of the day - Isaac Newton and David Gregory - took place on the campus of Cambridge University. Their dispute concerned the "kissing problem." But don't get your hopes up. The term <i>kissing</i> in this context has nothing to do with the gesture of affection: here the verb <i>kiss</i> refers to the game of billiards, where it
signifies two balls that just touch each other.</p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/newton-and-kissing-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p>https://plus.maths.org/content/newton-and-kissing-problem#comments23David Gregoryhistory of mathematicsIsaac Newtonkissing problempackingpacking problemsplane geometryWed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 +0000plusadmin2219 at https://plus.maths.org/content