Thursday, April 30, 2015

Prime Memories

It just dawned on me that a year ago was my sister-in-law’s wedding down in Austin, Texas.  We flew down for a few days at a ranch they rented for the ceremony and party and had a great time.  During the plane ride down, poolside, in a hammock on the ranch, in various rooms dodging people and guests, in my hotel bathroom, in the passenger seat of the black Volkswagen we rented, and on the plane ride home, I put away John Derbyshire’s excellent Prime Obsession, a book about German mathematician Bernard Riemann and his hypothesis (which attempts to predict the distribution of prime numbers in a given range of numbers).
The final page raised Everest-sized goose bumps all out on my arms, some 30,000 feet above Tennessee.

Ah, memories!

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