Berhhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
"A math book that reads like a mystery novel." The Christian Science Monitor
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.
Derbyshire’s attempt to take nonmathematicians into this subject had me on the edge of my seat. (Los Angeles Times)
Riemann and his colleagues come to life as real characters and not just adjectives for conjectures and theorems. (Scientific American)
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