# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"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*