The Riemann Hypothesis is a problem that has stumped mathematicians for over 150 years, and continues to captivate the mathematical community to this day. Bernhard Riemann’s groundbreaking hypothesis, made in 1859, is the topic of Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire. This fascinating book delves into the intricacies of the hypothesis and explores the history, biography, and maths behind it.
Through alternating chapters on biography and history with those on math, the book tells the story of the hypothesis’ place in the history of mathematics, and how it continues to challenge and excite mathematicians around the world. Prime Obsession is a masterful work that sheds light on a complex mathematical problem and the individuals striving to solve it.