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Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis: The Quest to Find the Hidden Law of Prime Numbers

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In 1859 a German professor named Bernhard Riemann postulated a law capable of describing with an amazing degree of accuracy the baffling occurrence of prime numbers; coming up with its proof has been the holy grail of mathematicians ever since. In Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis, Dan Rockmore, a prominent mathematician in his own right, takes us from Euclid’s pondering of the infinitude of the primes through modern efforts to prove the Riemann hypothesis–efforts that astonishingly connect the primes to the statistics of solitaire, chaos theory, and even the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Along the way, he introduces us to the many brilliant and fascinating thinkers who have contributed to this work, from the most famous mathematician of all time, Carl Friedrich Gauss (Riemann’s teacher), to the intellectual giants David Hilbert and Freeman Dyson.

A lively, comprehensive, and accessible examination of one of the most compelling unsolved problems in mathematics, Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis tells us the full story of the quest to find that elusive solution.

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Synopsis:

A leading mathematician presents a lively and accessible study of one of the great unsolved mysteries of mathematics, the mid-nineteenth-century Riemann hypothesis, which describes the occurrence of prime numbers, and of the quest to prove or disprove the theory from the time of Euclid to the statistics of solitaire, chaos theory, and quantum mechanics. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

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Dan Rockmore is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Darmouth College. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, son, and golden retriever.

Table of Contents

Prologue - it all begins with zero — The god-given natural numbers — The shape of the primes — Primal cartographers — Shoulders to stand upon — Riemann and his "very likely" hypothesis — A Dutch red herring — A prime number theorem, after all--and more — Good, but not good enough — First steps — A chance meeting of two minds — God created the natural numbers-- but, in a billiard hall? — Making order out of (quantum) chaos — God may not play dice, but what about cards? — The millennium meeting.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307427946
Subtitle:
The Quest to Find the Hidden Law of Prime Numbers
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Rockmore, Dan
Author:
Dan Rockmore
Subject:
Mathematics : Advanced
Subject:
Mathematics : Number Theory
Subject:
Mathematics : History & Philosophy
Subject:
Number Theory
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Advanced
Subject:
Numbers, prime
Subject:
Mathematics - Advanced
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Subject:
Mathematics-Number Theory
Subject:
Mathematics-Popular Surveys and Recreational
Subject:
Number Systems
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060509
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
304

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Product details 304 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307427946 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A leading mathematician presents a lively and accessible study of one of the great unsolved mysteries of mathematics, the mid-nineteenth-century Riemann hypothesis, which describes the occurrence of prime numbers, and of the quest to prove or disprove the theory from the time of Euclid to the statistics of solitaire, chaos theory, and quantum mechanics. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Dan Rockmore is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Darmouth College. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, son, and golden retriever.
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