Nell’agosto 1859 Bernhard Riemann, matematico giovane e ancora poco noto, presentò all’Accademia di Berlino un articolo intitolato Sul numero dei primi minori di una certa grandezza. In quella circostanza discusse per la prima volta l’ipotesi che prende il suo nome e che è ancora oggi, a centocinquant’anni di distanza, uno dei piu famosi problemi irrisolti della matematica. Dimostrare questa ipotesi permetterebbe di trovare una formula per generare l’elenco dei numeri primi, cosa che avrebbe conseguenze fondamentali non solo per la scienza matematica, ma anche per la fisica quantistica e per la sicurezza informatica. In questo libro viene ricostruita la figura di Riemann, matematico e uomo, attraverso un’alternanza di capitoli, alcuni dedicati alla descrizione dei tratti storici e biografici della sua vita, altri alla puntuale esposizione matematica della sua ipotesi.
- ISBN: 8833926567
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 403
The best popular mathematics book I can recall reading. I had heard about the Riemann Hypothesis a zillion times and never understood what the fuss was about. After going through this book, it all made sense! Requires college-level math, but if you have that, can't recommend too highly. ____________ Leggi tutto
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You remember the smartest kid in your high school calculus class? Remember the math major in your college dorm, the one doing advanced physics with more Greek symbols than Roman numerals? Both brainiacs at the time, right? Well, the book Prime Obsession deals with mathematical concepts magnitudes of Leggi tutto
First of all, this is pretty well-researched, being a 150 year-long history and all. Also, while quite thorough about the math, it wasn't really that involved. Of course, like all attempts to give a popular account of complicated math, it tread too heavily while not penetrating deep enough. So I was Leggi tutto
I read the book somewhere, i don't remember on whose laptop, but I was more than halfway through and the book made me feel really great. Its a very well written book. You need not to know much mathematics to start reading it, he teaches you along the way. And then he takes you from history to rigoro Leggi tutto
Prime Obsession is an engrossing and mind stretching journey to the heart of one of the most enduring and profound mysteries in mathematics - the Riemann Hypothesis: All non-trivial zeros of the zeta function have real part one-half. By the time you finish the book, that enigmatic statement along with Leggi tutto
It's the Riemann hypothesis and the process of it. It can't be solved yet 30 January 2018. But the process of it is used various new mathematical method, they're exciting.
If you are interested in mathematics in general, enjoy recreational mathematics or have even a curiosity and affinity for numbers then I think you’ll enjoy this book. It’s ‘popular’, in that it’s aimed at non specialists but there are minimum requirements for you to make the most of it. I think in t Leggi tutto
This comparison will probably strike most as directly from left field, but Derbyshire reminds me a lot of Jon Krakauer . Topically, of course, they have nothing in common. But their style both depends heavily on the conspicuousness of the author in the narrative. This isn't necessarily because Krakau Leggi tutto
Although I find this author's political views repellent, I really enjoyed this book. He takes an extremely esoteric mathematical puzzle and shows how it emerges organically starting from the simple math we learned in high school. He also provides several excellent character sketches of famous mathem Leggi tutto
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