Atle Selberg was one of the most distinguished number theorists of the twentieth century, having contributed over a long career to our understanding of the primes, through his work in analytic number theory, specifically his results on the Riemann zeta function and on sieves. In 1949 he produced an elementary, but by no means simple, proof of the Prime Number Theorem, which had previously required deep theorems from complex analysis. The mathematical literature abounds in references to his work—the Selberg sieve, the Selberg trace formula, the Selberg zeta function, the Selberg identity, the Selberg asymptotic formula, and so on.

EP - 273 PB - Princeton University Press PY - 2011 SN - 9780691148298 SP - 254 T2 - Fascinating Mathematical People T3 - Interviews and Memoirs UR - www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7sc69.20 Y2 - 2020/08/03/ ER -