|
Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Books » Reviews » Unsolved Problems in Number Theory » User review

An excursion into the labyrinths carved by numbers

  • Jan 5, 2000
Rating:
+5
Number theory is the most enigmatic of disciplines, in that the problems are so easy to state and understand and yet so hard to resolve. Furthermore, when solved, the proofs are sometimes surprisingly easy. In this collection, Guy has put together a truly fascinating survey of what is currently (un)known about numbers.
Each page is an excursion into the extensive labyrinths carved out by numbers. Approximately once a month, I scan it looking for new avenues to explore. Invariably, I see something, sketch out some possible proof routes and then end in frustration. A typical result of working in number theory.
Whether you are an amateur or professional, if you have an interest in number theory, you will like this book. Perhaps you will be able to make some progress towards resolving some of these problems. It is certainly possible, as no field has had more positive contributions from amateurs than number theory. Even Fermat fit the definition of an amateur.

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
0
Thought-Provoking
0
Fun to Read
0
Well-Organized
0
Post a Comment
About the reviewer
Charles Ashbacher ()
Ranked #78
Charlie Ashbacher is a compulsive reader and writer about many subjects. His prime areas of expertise are in mathematics and computers where he has taught every course in the mathematics and computer … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
CharlesAshbacher
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book

Wiki

This book contains discussions of hundreds of open questions in number theory, organized into 185 different topics. They represent numerous aspects of number theory and are organized into six categories: prime numbers, divisibility, additive number theory, Diophantine equations, sequences of integers, and miscellaneous. To prevent repetition of earlier efforts or duplication of previously known results, an extensive and up-to-date collection of references follows each problem. In the second edition, extensive new material has been added, and corrections have been included throughout the book. This volume is an invaluable supplement to any course in number theory.
view wiki

Details

ISBN-10: 0387942890
ISBN-13: 978-0387942896
Author: Richard K. Guy
Publisher: Springer

First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists