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The Resource Prime obsession : Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics, John Derbyshire

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

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Prime obsession : Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics
Title
Prime obsession
Title remainder
Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics
Statement of responsibility
John Derbyshire
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
512.7/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA246
LC item number
.D47 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
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)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Label
Prime obsession : Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics, John Derbyshire
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm51478406
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 422 p.
Isbn
9780452285255
Lccn
2002156310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)51478406
Label
Prime obsession : Bernhard Riemann and the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics, John Derbyshire
Link
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocm51478406
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 422 p.
Isbn
9780452285255
Lccn
2002156310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)51478406

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