Dan's Reviews > Prime Obsession:: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics

Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire
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Dec 30, 2010

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

I can't think of a popular math book that really attempts to take the lid off of an area of sophisticated mathematics and let the reader look at the works in such a way that they can actually understand it, at least a little bit. Derbyshire seemed to have a knack for knowing when to give lay readers detailed explanations, including equations, and when to skip lightly over subjects where the waters get deep quickly, while still letting the reader get a sense of the chain of logic.

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