出版社: Plume
副标题: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
出版年: 20040525
页数: 448
定价: USD 16.00
装帧: Paperback
ISBN: 9780452285255
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In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a littleknown thirtytwo 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 Hyphothesis remains unsolved, with a onemilliondollar prize earmarked for the first person ...
In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a littleknown thirtytwo 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 Hyphothesis remains unsolved, with a onemilliondollar 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.
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根据所受的教育，约翰·德比希尔（John Derbyshire）是一位数学家和语言学家；根据所从事的职业，他是一位系统分析师；而在业余时间，他是一位著名的作家。
他的成名作是《梦见柯立芝》（Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream），这部l996年出版的小说大受人们欢迎，亚德利（Jonathan Yardley）在《华盛顿邮报·图书世界》（Washington Post Book World）上对它赞赏有加，《纽约时报·书评》（The New York Times Book Review）、《纽约客》（The New Yorker）、《波士顿环球报》（The Bosun Globe）等报刊也一致给予好评。他的作品还频繁出现在《国家评论》（National Review）和《新标准》（The New Criterion）杂志上...
根据所受的教育，约翰·德比希尔（John Derbyshire）是一位数学家和语言学家；根据所从事的职业，他是一位系统分析师；而在业余时间，他是一位著名的作家。
他的成名作是《梦见柯立芝》（Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream），这部l996年出版的小说大受人们欢迎，亚德利（Jonathan Yardley）在《华盛顿邮报·图书世界》（Washington Post Book World）上对它赞赏有加，《纽约时报·书评》（The New York Times Book Review）、《纽约客》（The New Yorker）、《波士顿环球报》（The Bosun Globe）等报刊也一致给予好评。他的作品还频繁出现在《国家评论》（National Review）和《新标准》（The New Criterion）杂志上。
德比希尔在英国出生并成长．约20年前来到美国安家。他目前和妻子及两个孩子住在纽约的亨廷顿。
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刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望： (1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini. 以...20141027 21:39 1人喜欢
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望：
以及George Pólya说的小段子：(1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini.
所以Hardy真的是非常可爱呀=v=Hardy stayed in Denmark with Bohr until the very end of the summer vacation, and when he was obliged to return to England to start his lectures there was only a very small boat available…. The North Sea can be pretty rough, and the probability that such a small boat would sink was not exactly zero. Still, Hardy took the boat, but sent a postcard to Bohr: “I proved the Riemann Hypothesis. G.H. Hardy.”If the boat sinks and Hardy drowns, everybody must believe that he has proved the Riemann Hypothesis. Yet God would not let Hardy have such a great honor and so He will not let the boat sink.
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刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。 Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”20141027 17:29
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”
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刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Dec 1849 Gauss to J.F.Encke: ă€ŒIt recalled to me my own work in the same subject,whose beginning were in the distant past,in 1792 or 1793â€Śone of the first things I did was direct my attention to the decreasing frequency of primes,to which purpose I counted the same in several chiliadis.I have often spent idle quarter of an hour to count another chiliad here and there;but I gave it up at last wit...20141013 22:34
智商碾压，1792年的高斯。Dec 1849 Gauss to J.F.Encke: 「It recalled to me my own work in the same subject,whose beginning were in the distant past,in 1792 or 1793…one of the first things I did was direct my attention to the decreasing frequency of primes,to which purpose I counted the same in several chiliadis.I have often spent idle quarter of an hour to count another chiliad here and there;but I gave it up at last without quite getting through a million.」
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刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Gรถttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain f...20141011 20:18
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Göttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain from Dedekind’s biographical note on Riemann in the Collected Works that he felt affection and sympathy for his older colleague, and great admiration for his mathematical abilities; it is more difficult to judge Riemann’s feelings in the matter.
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Published mathematical papers often have irritating assertions of this type:â€œIt now follows that...â€? or:"It is now obivious that...," when it doesn't follow , and isn't obvious at all, unless you put in the six hours the author did to supply the missing steps and checking them. There is a story about the English mathematician G.H. Hardy, whom we shall meet later. In the middle of deliv...
20140223 22:23
Published mathematical papers often have irritating assertions of this type:“It now follows that...” or:"It is now obivious that...," when it doesn't follow , and isn't obvious at all, unless you put in the six hours the author did to supply the missing steps and checking them. There is a story about the English mathematician G.H. Hardy, whom we shall meet later. In the middle of delivering a lecture, Hardy arrived at a point in his argument where he said,"It is now obvious that...." Here he stopped, fell silent, and stood motionless with furrowed brow for a few seconds. Then he walked outof the lecture hall. Twenty minutes later he returned, smiling, and began,“Yes, it is obvious that....”回应 20140223 22:23 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Gรถttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain f...20141011 20:18
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Göttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain from Dedekind’s biographical note on Riemann in the Collected Works that he felt affection and sympathy for his older colleague, and great admiration for his mathematical abilities; it is more difficult to judge Riemann’s feelings in the matter.
回应 20141011 20:18 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。 Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”20141027 17:29
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”
回应 20141027 17:29 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望： (1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini. 以...20141027 21:39 1人喜欢
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望：
以及George Pólya说的小段子：(1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini.
所以Hardy真的是非常可爱呀=v=Hardy stayed in Denmark with Bohr until the very end of the summer vacation, and when he was obliged to return to England to start his lectures there was only a very small boat available…. The North Sea can be pretty rough, and the probability that such a small boat would sink was not exactly zero. Still, Hardy took the boat, but sent a postcard to Bohr: “I proved the Riemann Hypothesis. G.H. Hardy.”If the boat sinks and Hardy drowns, everybody must believe that he has proved the Riemann Hypothesis. Yet God would not let Hardy have such a great honor and so He will not let the boat sink.
回应 20141027 21:39

刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望： (1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini. 以...20141027 21:39 1人喜欢
Hardy在1920年的圣诞愿望：
以及George Pólya说的小段子：(1) prove the Riemann Hypothesis; (2) make 211 not out in the fourth innings of the last Test Match at the Oval; (3) find an argument for the nonexistence of God which shall convince the general public; (4) be the first man at the top of Mount Everest; (5) be proclaimed the first president of the USSR of Great Britain and Germany; (6) murder Mussolini.
所以Hardy真的是非常可爱呀=v=Hardy stayed in Denmark with Bohr until the very end of the summer vacation, and when he was obliged to return to England to start his lectures there was only a very small boat available…. The North Sea can be pretty rough, and the probability that such a small boat would sink was not exactly zero. Still, Hardy took the boat, but sent a postcard to Bohr: “I proved the Riemann Hypothesis. G.H. Hardy.”If the boat sinks and Hardy drowns, everybody must believe that he has proved the Riemann Hypothesis. Yet God would not let Hardy have such a great honor and so He will not let the boat sink.
回应 20141027 21:39 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。 Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”20141027 17:29
数学家永远是年轻，他好比大松树冬夏常青。Hardy was a Peter Pan, a boy who never grew up. Snow: “His life remained the life of a brilliant young man until he was old: so did his spirit: his games, his interests, kept the lightness of a young don’s. And, like many men who keep a young man’s interests into their sixties, his last years were the darker for it.”
回应 20141027 17:29 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Dec 1849 Gauss to J.F.Encke: ă€ŒIt recalled to me my own work in the same subject,whose beginning were in the distant past,in 1792 or 1793â€Śone of the first things I did was direct my attention to the decreasing frequency of primes,to which purpose I counted the same in several chiliadis.I have often spent idle quarter of an hour to count another chiliad here and there;but I gave it up at last wit...20141013 22:34
智商碾压，1792年的高斯。Dec 1849 Gauss to J.F.Encke: 「It recalled to me my own work in the same subject,whose beginning were in the distant past,in 1792 or 1793…one of the first things I did was direct my attention to the decreasing frequency of primes,to which purpose I counted the same in several chiliadis.I have often spent idle quarter of an hour to count another chiliad here and there;but I gave it up at last without quite getting through a million.」
回应 20141013 22:34 
刘德维希 (吾爱美少女)
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Gรถttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain f...20141011 20:18
Those five years of unpaid research work must have been hard ones for Bernhard Riemann. He was far from home; it was 120 miles from Göttingen to Quickborn, a twoday journey in great discomfort, and expensive. He did, though, have some company. In 1850 Richard Dedekind arrived at the university. Dedekind was 19, five years younger than Riemann, and was also aiming for a doctorate. It is plain from Dedekind’s biographical note on Riemann in the Collected Works that he felt affection and sympathy for his older colleague, and great admiration for his mathematical abilities; it is more difficult to judge Riemann’s feelings in the matter.
回应 20141011 20:18
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是介绍RH的书中最有专业味道的，可读性也好