by
Marcus du Sautoy
| Editor: Harpercollins Pub Ltd

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In a stunning, historical narrative, 'The Music of the Primes' reveals the history behind one of the biggest ideas in science. In 1859, the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy which would change the history In a stunning, historical narrative, 'The Music of the Primes' reveals the history behind one of the biggest ideas in science. In 1859, the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy which would change the history of mathematics. The subject was the strange and enigmatic prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea, a hypothesis, that Riemann had not yet proved but which has come to obsess mathematicians for the last 150 years. No one knows if he ever found the proof; on his death his housekeeper burnt all the personal papers. Today, the hypothesis is considered by many the holy grail of mathematics but has significance far beyond maths. At the of the heart of the enigma is a prize much larger than just intellectual glory; not only is there a $1 million reward for the person who can crack it but also is the key to all banking and e-commerce security. It is the idea that brings together many other areas of science and has ramifications within Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory and the future of computing.

In 'The Music of the Primes', one of Britain's leading mathematicians, Marcus du Sautoy, recounts the history of these elusive numbers. It is a story of eccentric and brilliant men, last minute escapes from death, strange journeys, dangerous ideas and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge that drove some men mad and others to unparalleled glory. du Sautoy also tells a coruscating history of Mathematics. Combining in-depth knowledge as a practitioner in the field with narrative flair, this book will become a classic of popular science writing and will rank alongside 'Chaos' and 'Fermat's Last Theorem' within the genre. The Riemann Hypothesis: / Compared to Fermat's Last Theorem, the Hypothesis is mathematicians' real Holy Grail / Is the only problem from Hilbert's 1900 Centenary Problems that was unproved in the 20th century and now has a $1 million reward for the person who cracks it. / The Hypothesis is the key to all Internet and e-commerce security ...Continua

In 'The Music of the Primes', one of Britain's leading mathematicians, Marcus du Sautoy, recounts the history of these elusive numbers. It is a story of eccentric and brilliant men, last minute escapes from death, strange journeys, dangerous ideas and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge that drove some men mad and others to unparalleled glory. du Sautoy also tells a coruscating history of Mathematics. Combining in-depth knowledge as a practitioner in the field with narrative flair, this book will become a classic of popular science writing and will rank alongside 'Chaos' and 'Fermat's Last Theorem' within the genre. The Riemann Hypothesis: / Compared to Fermat's Last Theorem, the Hypothesis is mathematicians' real Holy Grail / Is the only problem from Hilbert's 1900 Centenary Problems that was unproved in the 20th century and now has a $1 million reward for the person who cracks it. / The Hypothesis is the key to all Internet and e-commerce security ...Continua

The Music of the Primes

Ha scritto il 20/07/12

primes' addiction

pericoloso ... può creare dipendenza

The Music of the Primes

Ha scritto il 21/10/10

This is one of the best books about mathematics I have ever read. The author, Marcus Du Sautoy, a Math teacher at the Oxford University, is a great divulger, so everybody, reading his assay, can understand all the scientific notions which are contain

This is one of the best books about mathematics I have ever read. The author, Marcus Du Sautoy, a Math teacher at the Oxford University, is a great divulger, so everybody, reading his assay, can understand all the scientific notions which are contained in the book. It deals with one of the big-gest unsolved problems of maths, that consists of finding an order to the sequence of the prime numbers. Du Sautoy makes the readers travel through the time and get very close to the most bril-liant minds that worked for long and with passion to solve this enigma. His great ability is to break the sequences that deal with a lot with mathematics inserting other kind of episodes, that general-ly describe a particular moment in the life of the protagonists, showing us their human and private aspects. In this way, the reading is never heavy, but it is lightened by these digressions. The writer can convey the enthusiasm of the mathematicians involved in this story and he got me much more interested and curious for the abstract world he described in his book.

(Sry for my bad English!)

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The Music of the Primes

Ha scritto il 17/10/09

Personally would have liked a bit more actual Maths, but still a very interesting read

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The Music of the Primes

Ha scritto il 22/03/08

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