Tuesday, July 24, 2007

My eyes glazed over

Edwards’s Riemann’s Zeta Function, although over thirty years old, remains an indispensable guide to early work done on the open questions in Riemann’s 1859 paper and the Riemann Hypothesis in particular. The problem is that the mathematics in it makes my eyes glaze over. Each time I read it, I get frustrated.

Maybe that is as it should be. Why study easy things? Are we learning anything when the problems are too easy?

Frustration and loneliness must come before understanding.

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