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A fabulous read, 19 Jan 2005
Having read Marcus de Sautoy's book on prime numbers my appetite was sufficiently wetted to go out and by Edwards book on the Zeta function. Unfirtunately one look at this told me I wasn't going to be able to get through it. I picked this book up by accident and it was fascinating in that the author goes through the whole of Riemanns 1859 paper and explains the whole theorem, which is quite breathtaking in its brilliance. He loses it a bit at the end, but he can be forgiven for that as it does become very complicated. That combined with the way he weaves the history of prime numbers in alternative chapters makes this a thoroughly enjoyable book. If you like maths go and buy it!