“Wired,” a magazine — an excellent one — for propeller-head geeks (a
category to which I myself once belonged) has given Prime Obsession a
mention. Here is Jim Raskin, creator of the Macintosh and author of “The
Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems,” writing
in the current “Wired”:
“There have been a lot of books about eccentric mathematicians, but Bernhard
Reimann blows the stereotype away. He had a quiet family life, was shy, and
didn’t go crazy like John Nash. It’s nice to read about someone ordinary
who was perhaps as bright a mathematician as has ever been. Derbyshire goes
into great depth, and the math is quite difficult. If you’re interested in
it, there it is – the real equations. But if you’re not, you can skip it.
This is one of the best mathematical biographies I’ve read – and I’ve read a
This is high praise, from an uber-geek. I blush.
Amazon. Buy it! My children are