Introduction and Historical Background

  • Emil Grosswald
Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)


Numbers have exerted a fascination on the human mind since the beginnings of recorded history. Among the treasures of Egyptian antiquity we find the famous Rhind papyrus [6], which tells us about the mathematics practiced in Egypt almost 2000 years B.c. Still older cuneiform tablets (see [5]) show us that arithmetic, at least, was already quite sophisticated in Mesopotamia at the end of the third millenium b.c.


Number Theory Entire Function Prime Number Historical Background Diophantine Equation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emil Grosswald
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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