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The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics Paperback – Illustrated, August 14, 2012

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“An amazing book! Hugely enjoyable. Du Sautoy provides a stunning journey into the wonderful world of primes.” (Oliver Sacks)

“This fascinating account, decoding the inscrutable language of the mathematical priesthood, is written like the purest poetry.” (Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman)

“This is a wonderful book about one of the greatest remaining mysteries in mathematics.” (Amir Aczel, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Riddle of the Compass)

“No matter what your mathematical IQ, you will enjoy reading The Music of the Primes.” (Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles of Our Time)

“Exceptional. ... A book that will draw readers normally indifferent to the subject deep into the adventure of mathematics.” (Booklist (starred review))

“[A] lively history. . . . A must for math buffs.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved—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.


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  • Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 335 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062064011
  • ISBN-10 : 0062064010
  • Publisher : Harper Perennial; Illustrated Edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 185 ratings
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