Reassessing Riemann's Paper

On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude

  • Walter Dittrich

Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

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About this book


In this book, the author pays tribute to Bernhard Riemann (1826–1866), mathematician with revolutionary ideas, whose work on the theory of integration, the Fourier transform, the hypergeometric differential equation, etc. contributed immensely to mathematical physics. This book concentrates in particular on Riemann’s only work on prime numbers, including such then new ideas as analytical continuation in the complex plane and the product formula for entire functions. A detailed analysis of the zeros of the Riemann zeta function is presented. The impact of Riemann’s ideas on regularizing infinite values in field theory is also emphasized.


Riemann's Paper on Prime Numbers Zeta-function regularization Functional equation Fourier transform Riemann's function Mangoldt's formula Zeros of zeta function and critical strip History of prime number theory

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  • Walter Dittrich
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany

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