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  • Prime Obsession by John Derbyshire
    Prime Obsession (English, Paperback) John Derbyshire

    In 1859, Bernhard Riemann, a little-known thirty-two year old mathematician, made a hypothesis while presenting a paper to the Berlin Academy titled ?On the Number of Prime Numbers Less Than a Given Quantity.? Today, after 150 years of careful research and exhaustive study, the Riemann Hyphothesis remains unsolved, with a one-million-dollar prize earmarked for the first person to conquer it....

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  • Unknown Quantity by John Derbyshire
    Unknown Quantity (English, Hardback) John Derbyshire

    Written for those among us who are unencumbered by a fear of formulae, this book presents a history of algebra.

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  • We Are Doomed by John Derbyshire
    We Are Doomed (English, Paperback) John Derbyshire

    To his fellow conservatives, John Derbyshire makes a plea: Don't be seduced by this nonsense about "the politics of hope." Skepticism, pessimism, and suspicion of happy talk are the true characteristics of an authentically conservative temperament. And from Hobbes and Burke through Lord Salisbury and Calvin Coolidge, up to Pat Buchanan and Mark Steyn in our own time, these beliefs have kept the...

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  • Unknown Quantity by John Derbyshire
    Unknown Quantity (English, Paperback) John Derbyshire

    For curious nonmathematicians and armchair algebra buffs, John Derbyshire discovers the story behind the formulae, roots, and radicals. As he did so masterfully in Prime Obsession, Derbyshire brings the evolution of mathematical thinking to dramatic life by focusing on the key historical players. Unknown Quantity begins in the time of Abraham and Isaac and moves from Abel?s proof to the higher...

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  • Unknown Quantity by John Derbyshire
    Unknown Quantity (Paperback) John Derbyshire

    A brilliant and sparklingly original account of algebra through the ages, by one of mathematics' great popularizers: 'Unknown Quantity buzzes with rivalries, frustrations and breakthroughs . . . A first-rate account that even algebraphobes will struggle to fault.' New Scientist

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