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# The Riemann Hypothesis: The Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

by
Karl Sabbagh

Since 1859, when the shy German mathematician Bernhard Riemann wrote an eight-page article giving a possible answer to a problem that had tormented mathematical minds for centuries, the world's greatest mathematicians have been fascinated, infuriated, and obsessed with proving the Riemann hypothesis. They speak of it in awed terms and consider it to be an even more difficu
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Paperback, 352 pages

Published
May 26th 2004
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published 2002)

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Sabbagh's trip through the Riemann Hypothesis is a slow, methodical one: he starts out with some required f ...more

afterwards i moved onto books on Fermat, Newton, the concept of Zero, and famous diagrammatical proofs.

i just love two-dimensional illustrations of three-dimensional concepts like infinity.

is very well known for his hypothesis. This book about Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann has taught me that the behaviour of the zeta function is pretty serious business. This is a zeta function: it

-> ζ(s) <-

where

*s*is a complex variable. If the real part of this variable is greater than one then ζ(s) is defined as the sum of the convergent series ∑n ≥ 1 n^-s (a convergent series is ...more

And the anecdotes are simply great.

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Karl Sabbagh, founder and managing director of Skyscraper Publications, has written nearly a dozen books, ranging across topics as diverse as architecture, psychology, history, mathematics, fraud, Victorian boys’ papers, and the Middle East. Some of his books are derived from major television documentary series he produced and directed; others are pieces of original non-fiction for a general reade
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