Riemann zeta function
|We may – paraphrasing the famous sentence
of George Orwell – say that "all mathematics is beautiful, yet
some is more beautiful than the other." But the most beautiful in
all mathematics is the zeta function. There is no doubt about it.
—Krzysztof Maslanka, Polish cosmologist
The Riemann zeta function is one of the most profound and mysterious objects in modern mathematics. From it has sprung the Riemann hypothesis and all that this conjecture seems to imply. The Riemann zeta function is closely tied to the distribution of prime numbers. It is an extension of the Euler zeta function, first studied by Leonhard Euler, which is the sum
Euler found that this function is linked to the occurrence of prime numbers by the following fundamental relationship:
ζ(s) = 1 + 1/2s + 1/3s + 1/4s + ... = 2n/(2n - 1) × 3n/(3n - 1) × 5n/(5n - 1) × 7n/(7n - 1) × ...
The Riemann zeta function extends the definition of Euler's zeta function to all complex numbers. Zeta functions, in general, take the form of infinite sum of negative powers.