Prime Obsession


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by John Derbyshire
published by Plume


The definitive story of the Riemann Hypothesis, a fascinating and epic mathematical mystery that continues to challenge the world. In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a little-known thirty-two year old mathematician, made a hypothesis while presenting a paper to the Berlin Academy titled "On the Number of Prime Numbers Less Than a Given Quantity." Today, after 150 years of careful research and exhaustive study, the Riemann Hypothesis remains unsolved, with a one-million-dollar prize earmarked for the first person to conquer it.

Alternating passages of extraordinarily lucid mathematical exposition with chapters of elegantly composed biography and history, Prime Obsession is a fascinating and fluent account of an epic mathematical mystery that continues to challenge and excite the world.

- paperback: 448 pages
- product dimensions: 140 x 203 mm
- ISBN: 9780452285255