Prime Obsession

Prime Obsession

Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

Book - 2003
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Explains the fundamental elements of the nineteenth-century German mathematician's discovery and its consequences, along with a profile of Reimann and a history of mathematics in relations to his hypothesis.

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Riemann's hypothesis for a general rule to determine how many prime numbers exist in a given quantity was first posed offhandedly to the Berlin Academy in 1859. Today, having been neither proved or disproved, it remains the "great white whale" of mathematics and a missing key to advances in code theory and atomic physics. Derbyshire introduces this captivating mathematical problem in alternating chapters of mathematical exposition (some college calculus required) and biography and history (for general readers interested in mathematics). Derbyshire, a mathematician and linguist by education, is the author of Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream (1996). Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, DC : Joseph Henry Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780309085496
Branch Call Number: 512.72 DER
Characteristics: xv, 422 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Apr 12, 2011

following up on the prime numbers, this book covers the math and tries to include the reader in its beauty.

the harmonic series is featured throughout and that's my only real link.


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