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"Prime Time for the Riemann Hypothesis": Review of Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics by John Derbyshire. Reviewed by Brian Conrey. Science, 3 October 2003, pages 60-61.

In addition to providing a positive review of the book, Conrey also gives a nice description of the problem and of progress toward its solution. He writes, "In Prime Obsession, John Derbyshire has produced a remarkably accessible and deeply researched description of this fascinating problem." Two other books about the Riemann hypothesis--The Riemann Hypothesis (which in the United Kingdom is titled Dr. Riemann's Zeros) by Karl Sabbagh, and The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy--have also recently been published. Conrey writes, "If you like accounts of mathematics written for non-mathematicians, you will want to read all three."

Listed below are links to other Math Digest summaries of reviews of the books by Derbyshire, du Sautoy, and Sabbagh:

[Click here for Digest]"The Grade A, Number 1 Prime Puzzle of Math," by Greg Mone. Popular Science, May 2003.

[Click here for Digest]"Math's Most Wanted": Review of three books:
Prime Obsession: Berhnard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, by John Derbyshire;
The Riemann Hypothesis: The Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics, by Karl Sabbagh; and
The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, by Marcus du Sautoy.
Reviewed by Kristin Leutwyler. Scientific American, May 2003.
"Mathematics problems that remains elusive---and beautiful": Review of Prime Obsession. Reviewed by Raymond Petersen, Washington Times, 17 August 2003

[Click here for Digest]"Prime time for mathematics": A review of Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire, and the Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy. Reviewed by W. T. Gowers, Nature, 9 October 2003.

--- Mike Breen