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Question about the first step in Mann's original proof of the Schnirelmann-Landau Conjecture

I was reading Henry Mann's proof for the Schnirelmann-Landau Conjecture from 1942 which can be found in JSTOR here Today, the Schnirelmann-Landau Conjecture is known as Mann's Theorem: $$d(C) \ge ...
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Mathematics felt by Srinivasa Ramanujan

At the moment I am reading the book Ramanujan's Papers by B.J. Venkatachala, V. Vinay and C.S. Yogananda; when clarifying some doubt with a professor, he told me that Srinivasa Ramanujan used Galois ...
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The Riemann zeta function: Didn't Dirichlet get there first?

I took some notes on the historical use of zeta functions in number theory here Why the zeta function? but from looking up the dates I didn't realize something: I remember reading that its not called ...
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Reference requests: Jitsuro Nagura

I spent some time today looking for any biographical information on Jitsuro Nagura and came up empty-handed. Any suggestions welcome. Also, the Wiki note on the Chebyshev $\psi$ function says that ...
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Zeta functions in Chebychev's Prime Number theory

In two papers from 1848 and 1850, the Russian mathematician Pafnuty L'vovich Chebyshev attempted to prove the asymptotic law of distribution of prime numbers. His work is notable for the use of the ...
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How hard is the proof of $\pi$ or e being transcendental?

I understand that $\pi$ and e are transcendental and that these are not simple facts. I mean, I have been told that these results are deep and difficult, and I am happy to believe them. I am curious ...