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The identify of Bernard Riemann is widely known to mathematicians and physicists world wide. His identify is indelibly stamped at the literature of arithmetic and physics. This outstanding paintings, wealthy in perception and scholarship, is addressed to mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers attracted to arithmetic. It seeks to attract these readers toward the underlying rules of Riemann’s paintings and to the improvement of them of their ancient context. This illuminating English-language model of the unique German version should be a major contribution to the literature of the background of arithmetic.

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Two youthful achievements provided the basis for Gauss' fame. His Disquisitiones arithmeticae, written between the ages of 19 and 21, appeared in 1801. This was the first systematic account of number theory, and it included solutions of many open problems. In the same year Gauss developed for the determination of the orbits of planets a method that enabled astronomers to find the "lost" planetoid Ceres. In 1807 he was appointed professor of astronomy and director of the observatory. He significantly advanced mathematics, astronomy, geodesy, and physics.

It would probably have been better for Riemann to have had the opportunity to leave G6ttingen for good in the late 1850s. Neither the human nor the meteorological aspects of the climate in that small town agreed with him. As a student and as an instructor he took advantage of every opportunity to escape to Quickborn, and not only during official vacations. When, after his father's death, the family was forced to leave Quickborn and ended up in Bremen, he was anxious to go there. From early 1858 he had his two surviving sisters stay with him, and there were no longer family reasons for escaping from G6ttingen.

But then the road to proof by transformation of terms is blocked; proofs must be conceptual. " In the Disquisitiones arithmeticae of 1801, Gauss introduced residue classes as objects of elementary number theory. They are represented Introduction 35 by sets of integers that are "the same" with respect to an equivalence relation. ) Riemann employs n-dimensional spaces with an additional structure, the distance between two points. The idea of a Riemann surface of a holomorphic function makes possible a kind of investigation that is largely independent of specific expressions and provides a basis for new (topological) concept formations and methods of proof.

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