In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change the history of mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved but one that baffles mathematicians to this day. Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would also have a profound impact on the cutting-edge of science, affecting quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. Leaders in math and science are trying to crack the elusive code, and a prize of $1 million has been offered to the winner. In this engaging book, Marcus du Sautoy reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it.
Du Sautoy, Marcus
The music of the primes
searching to solve the greatest mystery in mathematics
New York : Perennial, 2004, c2003.
1st Perennial ed.
335 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Who wants to be a millionaire?
The atoms of arithmetic
Riemann's imaginary mathematical looking-glass
The Riemann Hypothesis: From random primes to orderly zeros
The mathematical relay race: Realising Riemann's revolution
Ramanujan, the mathematical mystic
Mathematical exodus: From Göttingen to Princeton
Machines of the mind
The computer age: From the mind to the desktop
Cracking numbers and codes
From orderly zeros to quantum chaos
The missing piece of the jigsaw.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -322) and index.
Riemann, Bernhard, 1826-1866.