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Reading Serre's letter to Gray , I wonder if now modern expositions of the themes in Klein's book exist. Do you know any?

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The link should go to page 550 of the book, presumably. –  Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Dec 21 '09 at 14:42

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"Geometry of the Quintic" is available for free at my website.

Jerry Shurman

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Wonderfull! Thanks! –  Thomas Riepe Jan 23 '10 at 8:56
    
Thanks. What a beautiful book. –  Ben McKay Aug 6 '13 at 21:08
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To save other people a few clicks, Jerry's webpage is people.reed.edu/~jerry –  James Cranch Jun 10 at 10:59

I got interested in this subject last year and just got round to writing up some notes which I hope may be of use.

I also have a python script which implements the Klein's icosahedral solution of the quintic linked from this page.

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Great! Thanks! –  Thomas Riepe Feb 5 '12 at 21:31

Chapter 5 of McKean and Moll's "Elliptic Curves" explores the circle of ideas around Ikosaeder.I'm not sure if you'd consider this sufficiently "modern" - it's certainly a contemporary book but it doesn't use, say, scheme-theoretic language.

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It looks like our identical answers crossed paths! You beat me by one minute, so I'll delete my answer. –  Andy Putman Dec 21 '09 at 19:18
    
lol, you're right - I caught it just before you deleted. Very gallant of you! and hey, in math, every minute counts. :-) –  Alon Amit Dec 21 '09 at 19:58
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As an aside to everyone else -- McKean and Moll's book is really beautiful! I read large chunks of it as an undergraduate, and I still go back to it periodically. –  Andy Putman Dec 21 '09 at 20:12

In Glimpses of algebra and geometry by Gabor Toth, chapter 25 is devoted to Klein's main result.

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I covered Klein's "Lectures on the Icosahedron" in a modern way in my doctoral thesis:

Elliptic Curves and Icosahedral Galois Representations, Stanford University (1999) http://www.math.purdue.edu/~egoins/notes/thesis.pdf

A much shorter and more direct exposition is my publication in IMRN:

Icosahedral $\mathbb Q$-Curve Extensions, Mathematical Research Letters 10, 205–217 (2003) http://intlpress.com/site/pub/files/_fulltext/journals/mrl/2003/0010/0002/MRL-2003-0010-0002-00019947.pdf

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There is a (german) new edition of Klein's "Vorlesungen über das Ikosaeder ..." by Peter Slodowy (1993) with a large (about 80 pages) section of comments and remarks about new developments.

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There is the outrageously expensive "Geometry of the quintic" by Jerry Shurman, which discusses both Klein and Doyle-McMullen approaches (and then some more).

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"expensive", yes. –  lhf Dec 21 '09 at 22:51
    
since it's softcover with horrible print quality - yes it is. –  David Lehavi Dec 22 '09 at 5:07
    
See Jerry Shurman's answer for a link to a free copy ;) –  Dr Shello Jan 12 '11 at 8:33
    
Re: Dr. Shello - yes, Shurman remarked a few months ago on MO he made the text publicly available. This answer predates his release. –  David Lehavi Jan 12 '11 at 9:03
    
Is it really too expansive, or did you mean expensive? –  Ben McKay Aug 6 '13 at 21:10

In my PH Thesis work http://systembit.es/schwarz.htm

In my papier I have asociatted a Riemann Surface to each Schwarz function triangle. After that ,I´ve got genus and geometric density of spherical tesselation expresions in a new method. Then I see Their Poincare Groups ( of each above Riemann Surfaces) as index normal finite subgroup of Г(2) (Thanks to Modular Function Lambda). Then I calculate signature of these fuchisian Groups. Finally I see there are only nine ( of above Riemann Surfaces) more Dihedrical cases.

I think my idea is a new interpretation of Schwarz triangles , different one to the Famous Schwarz Classification based on 14 Schwarz triangles +Dihedrical cases.

Alfonso García alfonso@systembit.es

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