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: 102,854

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