Prime Obsession

Written on December 27, 2011. Written by .

In order to find out what all the fuss was about with regards to the Riemann hypothesis, I decided to read this exposition of it. My general impression was that it provided a good overview, with just a little bit too much breakdown of the math for my level (meaning there were explanations of very simple concepts since it tries to explain most things from scratch) but also plenty of interesting historical background. After reading it, I feel like I have a basic understanding of the approach that Riemann took to finding an exact expression for the number of primes less than a given number.

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