Graduation Year

2006

Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Mathematics

Reader 1

Michael Raugh

Reader 2

Darryl Yong

Abstract

Identified as one of the 7 Millennium Problems, the Riemann zeta hypothesis has successfully evaded mathematicians for over 100 years. Simply stated, Riemann conjectured that all of the nontrivial zeroes of his zeta function have real part equal to 1/2. This thesis attempts to explore the theory behind Riemann’s zeta function by first starting with Euler’s zeta series and building up to Riemann’s function. Along the way we will develop the math required to handle this theory in hopes that by the end the reader will have immersed themselves enough to pursue their own exploration and research into this fascinating subject.

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