Prime Obsession

Prime Obsession

Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

Paperback - 2004
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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.

Publisher: New York : Plume, 2004.
ISBN: 9780452285255
Branch Call Number: 512.723
Characteristics: xv, 422 p. : ill. ; 21 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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