This undergraduate-level introduction describes those mathematical properties of prime numbers that can be deduced with the tools of calculus. Jeffrey Stopple pays special attention to the rich history of the subject and ancient questions on polygonal numbers, perfect numbers and amicable pairs, as well as to the important open problems. The culmination of the book is a brief presentation of the Riemann zeta function, which determines the distribution of prime numbers, and of the significance of the Riemann Hypothesis.Read more
- Covers aspects of the subject omitted by other books at a comparable level
- Emphasis on the history of the subject from Pythagoras to contemporary research
- Extensive use of graphics and numerical data, exercises and solutions
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"The book is interesting and, for a mathematics text, lively.... Stopple has done a particularly nice job with illustrations and tables that support the discussions in the chapters."
Chris Christensen, School Science and MathematicsSee more reviews
"… this is a well-written book at the level of senior undergraduates."
"The book constitutes an excellent undergraduate introduction to classical analytical number theory. The author develops the subject from the very beginning in an extremely good and readable style. Although a wide variety of topics are presented in the book, the author has successfully placed a rich historical background to each of the discussed themes, which makes the text very lively … the text contains a rich supplement of exercises, brief sketches of more advanced ideas and extensive graphical support. The book can be recommended as a very good first introductory reading for all those who are seriously interested in analytical number theory."
"… a very readable account."
"The general style is user-friendly and interactive … a well presented and stimulating informal introduction to a wide range of topics …"
Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
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- Date Published: June 2003
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521012539
- length: 400 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. Sums and differences
2. Products and divisibility
3. Order and magnitude
6. Prime number theorems
8. The Basel problem
9. Euler's product
10. The Riemann zeta function
11. Pell's equation
12. Elliptic curves
14. Explicit formula.
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