The Music of the Primes

The Music of the Primes

Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

Book - 2003
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Inthe tradition of Fermat's Enigma and Pi, Marcus du Sautoy tells the illuminating, authoritative, and engagingstory of Bernhard Reimann and the ongoing quest tocapture the holy grail of mathematics--the formula to predict prime numbers.Oliver Sacks, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, calls TheMusic of the Primes "an amazing book. . . . I could not put it down once Ihad started." Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman,writes, "this fascinating account, decoding the inscrutable language of themathematical priesthood, is written like the purest poetry. Marcus du Sautoy's enthusiasm shines through every line of this hymnto the joy of high intelligence, illuminating as it does so even the darkestcorners of his most arcane universe."
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780066210704
0066210704
Branch Call Number: 512.72 DuS
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill., map

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zetafunction
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.

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A440Hz
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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