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Prime obsession : Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics

Author: John Derbyshire
Publisher: Washington, DC : Joseph Henry Press, ©2003.
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Genre/Form: ADULT
Named Person: Bernhard Riemann; Bernhard Riemann; Bernhard Riemann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Derbyshire
ISBN: 0309085497 9780309085496 0452285259 9780452285255
OCLC Number: 51478406
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 422 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I. The prime number theorem. Card trick --
The soil, the crop --
The prime number theorem --
On the shoulders of giants --
Riemann's zeta function --
The great fusion --
The golden key, and an improved prime number theorem --
Not altogether unworthy --
Domain stretching --
A proof and a turning point. Part II. The Riemann hypothesis. Nine Zulu queens ruled China --
Hilbert's eighth problem --
The argument ant and the value ant --
In the grip of an obsession --
Big oh and Mobius Mu --
Climbing the critical line --
A little algebra --
Number theory meets quantum mechanics --
Turning the golden key --
The Riemann operator and other approaches --
The error term --
Either it's true, or else it isn't.
Responsibility: John Derbyshire.
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It has become clear that the Riemann Hypothesis, whose resolution seems to hang tantalizingly just beyond our grasp, holds the key to a variety of scientific and mathematical investigations. This  Read more...

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