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The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics
 
 
Author
Marcus du Sautoy.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780060935580
Pages/Publication Date 335/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32175
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In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented an unproven hypothesis to the Berlin Academy that would forever change mathematics. The subject was the attempt to predict the occurrence of prime numbers, which baffles mathematicians to this day. Not merely an exercise in calculations, the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce, as well as having a profound impact on quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. A colorful array of geniuses populate this history by the author of Symmetry, including Kurt Gödel, Albert Einstein, André Weil, Pierre de Fermat, and Euclid.

"This fascinating account, decoding the inscrutable language of the mathematical priesthood, is written like the purest poetry."—Simon Winchester

 
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