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# The Millennium Problems

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In the hands of Keith Devlin, "the Math Guy" from NPR's "Weekend Edition," each Millennium Problem becomes a fascinating window onto the deepest and toughest questions in the field. For mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and everyone else with an interest in mathematics' cutting edge, The Millennium Problems is the definitive account of a subject that will have a very
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Published
March 7th 2005
by Granta Books
(first published 2002)

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As an introduction, I think the book does a good job of imparting the general idea of each of the problems, even the Hodge Conjecture which in its full glory is well past my ability to comprehend without a few years of study. I recommend this book as a good starting point for getting an overall understand ...more

Pages 179 & 180

"In four dimensions the bottle would not have to pass through itself. To the person in the street, an object that exists in four-dimensional space doesn’t really exist of course, but this trivial objection does not deter the mathematician. After all everyon ...more

Did I said "$1 million"? Yes, apart from achieving the satisfaction of solving an "unsolved" math problem, Clay Mathematics Institute offers $1 million ...more

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Apr 26, 2014
Sam Poole
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Devlin tries and for that he deserves Praise. The seven millennium problems are described as simply as possible, which is still too complicated for most folks (the last two chapters sent my head spinning and were the reason I took so long to finish this!). An interesting look at complex algebra and complex systems and a fun behind the scenes glance at the histories and culture of mathematicians. Try it out but be warned, it's a challenge.

but generally well written and complete. The author does a great job at simplifying a lot of the maths

and transmits pretty well the spirit of each problem. The book is not dense by any means and has a lot of background information regarding the history of each problem. I recommend it to anyone that is interested in math and math history.

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Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of differ
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