The Music of the Primes

The Music of the Primes

Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

Book - 2003
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In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change the history of mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved but one that baffles mathematicians to this day.

Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would also have a profound impact on the cutting-edge of science, affecting quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. Leaders in math and science are trying to crack the elusive code, and a prize of $1 million has been offered to the winner. In this engaging book, Marcus du Sautoy reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
ISBN: 9780060935580
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 512.72 Dus


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Sep 12, 2012

I picked this one up hoping to develop a deeper appreciation for the apparent randomness inherent in some equations governing quantum mechanics. I left with a deeper understanding of what 'beauty' in pure number theory really is. This book is not for the hard core math geek, but offers an inroad to deeper number theory for those interested in related fields.

Mar 26, 2011

i came at this hoping to understand numbers in the periodic table and instead, i found myself deep into number theory. i love this book!

as well, i 'blame' du sautoy for my interest in symmetry (see other review), as those patterns in nature seem to be inescapable.


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