The Millennium Problems

The Millennium Problems

The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
An account of the Clay Foundation's 2000 competition to solve seven high-level math problems references the Hilbert Problems of 1900 and cites the Millennium Problems' significance in the fields of math and science.

Perseus Publishing
In 2000, the Clay Foundation of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced a historic competition: whoever could solve any of seven extraordinarily difficult mathematical problems, and have the solution acknowledged as correct by the experts, would receive $1 million in prize money. There was some precedent for doing this: in 1900 David Hilbert, one of the greatest mathematicians of his day, proposed twenty-three problems, now known as the Hilbert Problems, that set much of the agenda for mathematics in the twentieth century. The Millennium Problems are likely to acquire similar stature, and their solution (or lack of one) is likely to play a strong role in determining the course of mathematics in the current century. Keith Devlin, renowned expositor of mathematics, tells here what the seven problems are, how they came about, and what they mean for math and science.These problems are the brass rings held out to today's mathematicians, glittering and just out of reach. In the hands of Keith Devlin, "the Math Guy" from NPR's "Weekend Edition," each Millennium Problem becomes a fascinating window onto the deepest and toughest questions in the field. For mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and everyone else with an interest in mathematics' cutting edge, The Millennium Problems is the definitive account of a subject that will have a very long shelf life.

The definitive lay reader's account of the Everests of mathematics--the seven unsolved problems that definethe state of the art in contemporary math

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780465017294
Branch Call Number: 510 Devlin 2002
Characteristics: x, 237 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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