Math Colloquium - “The Roots of the Riemann Zeta Function” by Dr. Mark Pearson, Math Department

December 06, 2012 | 11:00 AM |
Science Center 1118

Abstract: In 1735, at the age of 28, the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, solved a problem that had thwarted the best efforts of the best mathematicians for nearly a century. In this talk, I'll explain how Euler solved this problem, and how a hundred years later another great mathematician, Bernhard Riemann, picked up his ideas and posed a question that has stumped the best efforts of the best mathematicians to this day. Most of this talk should be accessible to students at all mathematical levels.