Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Beautiful maths: Mathematicians dream of proving Riemann's Hypothesis," byKarl Sabbagh. Prospect, January 2002.

This article discusses the mystery and beauty of the Riemann Hypothesis, one ofthe greatest unsolved mathematical problems of all time. Sabbagh presents anontechnical description of what the Riemann Hypothesis is and discusses itsconnection to the distribution of prime numbers, but mostly he talks about whymathematicians find their subject so fascinating. He also explores the eternalconundrum of whether mathematical objects actually exist or whether they arecreations of the human mind. The full article is available here.

--- Allyn Jackson