In 1859, the brilliant German mathematician Bernard Riemann put forward an idea which finally seemed to reveal a magical harmony at work in the numerical landscape. Yet Riemann, a hypochondriac and a troubled perfectionist, never publicly provided a proof for his hypothesis and his housekeeper burnt all his personal papers on his death. As yet, his theory remains unsolved. In this breathtaking book, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy tells the story of the eccentric and brilliant men who have struggled to solve one of the biggest mysteries in science. Above all, it is a moving and awe-inspiring evocation of the mathematician's world and the beauties and mysteries it contains.
- Publisher: Harper Perennial UK
- ISBN: 9781841155807
- Format: Paperback
199 mm x 130 mm