# In Pursuit of Zeta-3: The World's Most Mysterious Unsolved Math Problem (Hardcover)

**An engrossing look at the history and importance of a centuries-old but still unanswered math problem**

*In Pursuit of Zeta-3*, popular math writer Paul Nahin investigates the history and significance of this mathematical conundrum. Drawing on detailed examples, historical anecdotes, and even occasionally poetry, Nahin sheds light on the richness of the nature of zeta-3. He shows its intimate connections to the Riemann hypothesis, another mathematical mystery that has stumped mathematicians for nearly two centuries. He looks at its links with Euler's achievements and explores the modern research area of Euler sums, where zeta-3 occurs frequently. An exact solution to the zeta-3 question wouldn't simply satisfy pure mathematical interest: it would have critical ramifications for applications in physics and engineering, such as quantum electrodynamics. Challenge problems with detailed solutions and

*MATLAB*code are included at the end of each of the book's sections. Detailing the trials and tribulations of mathematicians who have approached one of the field's great unsolved riddles,

*In Pursuit of Zeta-3*will tantalize curious math enthusiasts everywhere.

Paul J. Nahin is the author of many popular math books, including How to Fall Slower Than Gravity, Dr. Euler's Fabulous Formula, and An Imaginary Tale (all Princeton). He is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and received the 2017 Chandler Davis Prize for Excellence in Expository Writing in Mathematics. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire.