The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

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By (author) Marcus du Sautoy

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 335 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 198mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 14 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062064010
  • ISBN 13: 9780062064011
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white halftones, figures
  • Sales rank: 86,887

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Recounts the history of prime numbers, (numbers divisible only by one and themselves), which has implications beyond pure mathematics. Euclid, Ramanujan, Odlyzko, and the formation of RSA encryption are discussed, as well as the state of contemporary research on the topic.

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"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