Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
Prime Obsession Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Author:John Derbyshire 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 pr... more »ize 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.« less
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Loved it. The author eases you into the mathematical concepts from the get go, mixing in math lessons with the life of Riemann. While not overly-simplified, both the math and the biographical aspects were an easy read. In a nutshell, this is my favorite math/science biography.