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

Author: John Derbyshire
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2004. ©2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a little-known thirty-two-year-old mathematician, made a hypothesis while presenting a paper to the Berlin Academy titled On the Number of Prime Numbers Less Than a Given Quantity. Today, after 150 years of careful research and exhaustive study, the Riemann Hyphothesis remains unsolved, with a one-million-dollar prize earmarked for the first person to conquer it. Alternating passages of  Read more...
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Named Person: Bernhard Riemann; Bernhard Riemann; Bernhard Riemann; Bernhard Riemann
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Derbyshire
ISBN: 0452285259 9780452285255
OCLC Number: 56935728
Description: xv, 422 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 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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"In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a little-known thirty-two-year-old mathematician, made a hypothesis while presenting a paper to the Berlin Academy titled On the Number of Prime Numbers Less Than a Given Quantity. Today, after 150 years of careful research and exhaustive study, the Riemann Hyphothesis remains unsolved, with a one-million-dollar prize earmarked for the first person to conquer it. Alternating passages of extraordinarily lucid mathematical exposition with chapters of elegantly composed biography and history, Prime Obsession is a fascinating and fluent account of an epic mathematical mystery that continues to challenge and excite the world." --From the publisher.

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