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The Music of the Primes

Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

Marcus du Sautoy

Hardcover

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Description

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.”


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

“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

“Fascinating.”
— Washington Post Book World

Harper, 9780066210704, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2003



About the Author

Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is a frequent contributor on mathematics to The Times, The Guardian, and the BBC, and he lives in London.