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The book itself is very entertaining, captivating, and interesting.
In my view, Sabbagh's book will not give one much of a feel for the mathematical machinery involved with the RH, even at a very elementary level.
On page eighteen, the author explains one method for showing that there's no largest prime number.
"The Riemann Hypothesis" chapter 1 "Prime Time"On page 18 (about 6 pages into the chapter) in the first equation that is set apart from the text by white space in... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mack G.
If you are looking for a review of the latest progress towards the Riemann Hypothesis or a Schaum's Outline type of preparation for investigating the RH - FORGET IT. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Jim Chappell
Mr. Sabbagh is not a mathematician, so it's not surprising that in this book he says relatively little about the structure of the Riemann hypothesis and its connection to other... Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by Victor A. Vyssotsky
Karl Sabbagh has done his job well. He never pretended to be a master at this topic. He pretended to give the layman as myself access to the intricate and complex mind of a genius. Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by Juan Redin
There are a few mistakes:
1) p. 133 In the smallest n-digit primes sequence, there are incorrect 8th and 11th members.
2) p. Read more
Nice to have a book to read on the mathematical history and personalities hooked on the search. Way too soft on what the search is for and actual progress in any direction. Read morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Plungerman
The book is really about the search for solutions to the Riemann Hypothesis, and contains lots of stories about mathematicians, and mathematical topics. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by Robert L. Arnberg
I'm halfway through this book and am getting very frusturated. The beginning chapters did a very good job laying out the foundations of the RH. Read morePublished on May 18, 2007 by overlook1977
It would be very tempting for the mathematically-inclined to criticize this book for what is, to the adroit reader, its laborious treatments of some very basic mathematics. Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by Warren M.