Gérald Tenenbaum

Gérald Tenenbaum is a French mathematician and novelist, born in Nancy on 1 April 1952.[1]

Gérald Tenenbaum, 10 July 2004.

He is one of the namesakes of the Erdős–Tenenbaum–Ford constant.[2]


An alumnus of the École Polytechnique, he has been professor of mathematics at the Institut Élie Cartan at Université de Lorraine (formally université Henri Poincaré, Nancy-1) since 1981.

An associate of Paul Erdős and specialist in analytic and probabilistic number theory, Gérald Tenenbaum received the A-X Gaston Julia prize in 1976, the Albert Châtelet medal in algebra and number theory in 1985 and, together with Michel Mendès France, the Paul Doistau - Émile Blutet prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 1999 [3]

While continuing his mathematical research activities, he starts publishing literary works from the 1980s on: movie critics in the Belgian magazine Regards, a theater play in 1999, and novels from 2002 on. His novel L'Ordre des jours, published in 2008 by Héloïse d'Ormesson, received the Prix Erckmann-Chatrian the same year.

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • (with Richard R. Hall) Divisors, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1988, Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics, vol. 90, ISBN 0-521-34056-X.
  • Introduction à la théorie analytique et probabiliste des nombres, Institut Elie Cartan, 1990, ISBN 2903594120; 2nd rev. ed., Paris, Société Mathématique de France, 1995, ISBN 2856290329; 4th ed., Paris, Belin, 2015, Collection Échelles, ISBN 978-2701196565; translated into English, by P. Ion, as Introduction to analytic and probabilistic number theory, Graduate Studies in Mathematics #163, American Mathematical Society 2015, ISBN 978-0821898543.
  • (with Michel Mendès France) Les nombres premiers, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1997, collection Que sais-je? #571; translated into English, by Philip G. Spain, as The Prime Numbers and Their Distribution, American Mathematical Society, 2000, reprinted with corrections 2001, ISBN 0-8218-1647-0.
  • (with Michel Mendès France) Les Nombres premiers, entre l'ordre et le chaos, Dunod, 2011, 2014, ISBN 978-2701196565.
  • Théorie analytique et probabiliste des nombres : 307 exercices corrigés, with the collaboration of Jie Wu, Belin, 2014 ISBN 978-27-01183-50-3.
  • Des mots et des maths, Odile Jacob, 2019 ISBN 978-2738149008.



  1. ^ Zéro faute à l’IUT Nancy-Brabois[permanent dead link], press release, University of Lorraine, January 30, 2012. Accessed on line June 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Luca, Florian; Pomerance, Carl (2014). "On the range of Carmichael's universal-exponent function" (PDF). Acta Arithmetica. 162 (3): 289–308. doi:10.4064/aa162-3-6. MR 3173026.
  3. ^ PRIX PAUL DOISTAU-ÉMILE BLUTET DE L’INFORMATION SCIENTIFIQUE Archived 2013-05-25 at the Wayback Machine, French Academy of Sciences. Accessed on line June 26, 2012.

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