# Difference between revisions of "Bernhard Riemann"

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− | Georg Friedrich '''Bernhard Riemann''' (1826-1866) is considered to be the greatest modern mathematician, and is the author of a very famous unsolved problem: the [[Riemann hypothesis]]. "It may ... be truly said of Riemann that he touched nothing that he did not in some measure revolutionize" and that he was "[o]ne of the most original mathematicians of modern times."<ref>E.T. Bell, "Men of Mathematics," 484 (1937).</ref> A dozen diverse mathematical issues or structures are named after Riemann. Yet his [[Christianity]] was most important to him of all:<ref>https://godandmath.com/2012/04/24/christian-mathematicians-riemann/</ref> | + | Georg Friedrich '''Bernhard Riemann''' (1826-1866) is considered by [[Andrew Schlafly]] to be the greatest modern mathematician, and is the author of a very famous unsolved problem: the [[Riemann hypothesis]]. "It may ... be truly said of Riemann that he touched nothing that he did not in some measure revolutionize" and that he was "[o]ne of the most original mathematicians of modern times."<ref>E.T. Bell, "Men of Mathematics," 484 (1937).</ref> A dozen diverse mathematical issues or structures are named after Riemann. Yet his [[Christianity]] was most important to him of all:<ref>https://godandmath.com/2012/04/24/christian-mathematicians-riemann/</ref> |

{{cquote|During his life, [Riemann] held closely to his Christian [[faith]] and considered it to be the most important aspect of his life. At the time of his death, he was reciting the Lord’s Prayer with his wife and passed away before they finished saying the prayer.}} | {{cquote|During his life, [Riemann] held closely to his Christian [[faith]] and considered it to be the most important aspect of his life. At the time of his death, he was reciting the Lord’s Prayer with his wife and passed away before they finished saying the prayer.}} | ||

## Revision as of 13:25, 23 July 2018

Georg Friedrich **Bernhard Riemann** (1826-1866) is considered by Andrew Schlafly to be the greatest modern mathematician, and is the author of a very famous unsolved problem: the Riemann hypothesis. "It may ... be truly said of Riemann that he touched nothing that he did not in some measure revolutionize" and that he was "[o]ne of the most original mathematicians of modern times."^{[1]} A dozen diverse mathematical issues or structures are named after Riemann. Yet his Christianity was most important to him of all:^{[2]}

“ | During his life, [Riemann] held closely to his Christian faith and considered it to be the most important aspect of his life. At the time of his death, he was reciting the Lord’s Prayer with his wife and passed away before they finished saying the prayer. | ” |

## Early life

Riemann was born into an impoverished family in Germany, a devoutly Christian son of a Lutheran pastor. He was homeschooled by his father, and was sent to attend a prominent school (Johanneum at Luneburg) at the age of 16. Riemann quickly became bored with the math class and asked the director for more advanced material. The director gave him most advanced math books (including Leonhard Euler's works and Adrien Marie Legendre's Theory of Numbers). Riemann mastered them in merely a few days.^{[3]}

## Riemannian geometry

Riemann created a new type of geometry that became useful in the next century, and his Riemann hypothesis remains the greatest unsolved problem in mathematics today. It concerns the distribution of prime numbers and was first proposed in Riemann's class paper *On the Number of Primes Less Than a Given Magnitude* (1859).^{[4]}

## References

- ↑ E.T. Bell, "Men of Mathematics," 484 (1937).
- ↑ https://godandmath.com/2012/04/24/christian-mathematicians-riemann/
- ↑ http://www.andrews.edu/~calkins/math/biograph/199899/bioriema.htm
- ↑ http://www.andrews.edu/~calkins/math/biograph/199899/bioriema.htm