The Music of the Primes

The Music of the Primes

Marcus du Sautoy / Sep 19, 2019

The Music of the Primes The paperback of the critically acclaimed popular science book by a writer who is fast becoming a celebrity mathematician Prime numbers are the very atoms of arithmetic They also embody one of the mos

  • Title: The Music of the Primes
  • Author: Marcus du Sautoy
  • ISBN: 9781841155807
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • The paperback of the critically acclaimed popular science book by a writer who is fast becoming a celebrity mathematician.Prime numbers are the very atoms of arithmetic They also embody one of the most tantalising enigmas in the pursuit of human knowledge How can one predict when the next prime number will occur Is there a formula which could generate primes These appaThe paperback of the critically acclaimed popular science book by a writer who is fast becoming a celebrity mathematician.Prime numbers are the very atoms of arithmetic They also embody one of the most tantalising enigmas in the pursuit of human knowledge How can one predict when the next prime number will occur Is there a formula which could generate primes These apparently simple questions have confounded mathematicians ever since the Ancient Greeks.In 1859, the brilliant German mathematician Bernard Riemann put forward an idea which finally seemed to reveal a magical harmony at work in the numerical landscape The promise that these eternal, unchanging numbers would finally reveal their secret thrilled mathematicians around the world Yet Riemann, a hypochondriac and a troubled perfectionist, never publicly provided a proof for his hypothesis and his housekeeper burnt all his personal papers on his death.Whoever cracks Riemann s hypothesis will go down in history, for it has implications far beyond mathematics In business, it is the lynchpin for security and e commerce In science, it has critical ramifications in Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, and the future of computing

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      • Marcus du Sautoy

        Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy, OBE is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.


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    1. Natural ReligionIf there is advanced technological life elsewhere in the universe, it would unlikely be Christian, or Muslim, or Jewish, or Buddhist. It would however certainly know the same mathematics that we do. And it would understand the phenomenon of the prime numbers and their significance as much, perhaps more, as we do. Mathematics is the natural religion of the cosmos; and prime numbers are its central mystery.Prime numbers are those integers which can only be divided without remainder [...]


    2. Well, aren’t prime numbers really fascinating? If you’re rolling your eyes, then you should read this book. The main subject of the book is the Riemann Hypothesis. You have to be patient if you don’t know what it is. It takes about 100 pages of the book to get to the point where it (sort of) tells you what it is. There’s a particular complex function called zeta function. The zeros of this function can be used to correct a formula by Gauss that approximates the number of prime numbers le [...]


    3. I'm most grateful to this book for finally enabling me to understand the Riemann Hypothesis. My love for math was derailed in high school when I got in over my head, and ever since it's always such a pleasure for me to find something that can help me taste some of that world that I missed out on. This book does a wonderful job of taking you through the development of some very cool math by telling the stories of the people who made important discoveries. You get a very clear sense of how mathema [...]


    4. This book was at its heart a biography of the Reimann Hypothesis, and of the mathematicians who worked on trying to prove or disprove it over the years. I really liked the way that it showed the relationships among the people involved, and how the centers of number theory research shifted from Paris to Göttingen to Princeton, and how this was caused in large part by the geopolitics of the area (Napoleon and Hitler in particular). But this book has a serious flaw. The math was really dumbed down [...]


    5. The Music of The Primes, a wonderful and amazing journey to the world of prime numbers and patterns it was at the summer of 2009 when i was first introduced to the beauty and strength of the primes when the instructor asked us to implement some factorization problems in my second programming course, it was at that class where he shed a little light on the true beauty of primes talking about RSA encryption which is discussed in a late chapter of the book. almost one year later, i had the chance t [...]


    6. You are not going to believe that a book on a math subject would be hard to put down but this book is brilliantly written. I started reading this with doubts I would actually finish and I keep getting hooked into reading the next chapter and the next chapter. The author writes the whole book like this is THE GREATEST treasure hunt ever. He starts out by talking about the million dollar prize for the person who can prove Riemann's Hypothesis. Then he tells the story of how people discovered littl [...]


    7. How do I love Marcus du Sautoy? Let me count the ways.Nicked this off my dad during my A levels, ended up buying my own copy and taking it to university because I wanted to lend it out to people without him getting upset. It's accessible, broad and fascinating - perfect for the enthusiastic amateur and armchair mathematician.For the record, you may write "enthusiastic amateur" on my tombstone.


    8. Hidden behind this unfortunately ugly cover is a beautiful story about the Riemann Hypothesis and the mathematics around the prime numbers. During my first semester of college my Calculus professor tried to talk me into going into mathematics instead of computer science, and there is a part of me that regrets not having done so, but then I read a book like this, and realize that the minds behind these theorems and proofs are so far beyond anything I could ever hope to achieve that I'm humbled an [...]


    9. I really like the quote from Weber "When the globe is covered with a set of railroads and telegraph wires, this net will render services comparable to those of the nervous system in the human body, partly as a means of transport, partly as a means for the propagation of ideas and sensations with the speed of lightning." For me, having grown up with the internet and extant high-speed transportation systems, I was attracted to physiology because of the analogy I saw between the "outside" and "insi [...]


    10. Prime numbers are unique; they can only be divided by themselves and the number one. They crop up irregularly as you count upwards and are seemingly wholly unpredictable in their occurrence. There is an infinite number of them and they appear to be as important in life, the universe and everything as the numbers in the Fibonacci series.There seems to be an inherent need in mathematics to rationalise and predict with a level of accuracy that goes beyond the normal. Only if the sun can be proved t [...]


    11. I was fascinated with prime numbers myself for years. Many of my classmates could (if they had been paying attention) attest to the fact that I spent much of my class time, in high school math and many university courses, factorizing random 7- and 8-digit numbers, often when I really should have been paying attention and taking notes. I had the primes up to at least 200 memorized. I often wondered if there were easier ways to factorize, and I'm still not convinced there are, though apparently th [...]


    12. Mathematicians feel like characters and the course of history feels like a fictional story beautifully woven by du Sautoy.This is the story of an outcast, a loner, who in his ten paged paper made a little hunch. It, also is, a story of an indian clerk who believed that a goddess was responsible for his contributions to mathematics. The story of a city which was home to some of the greatest mathematicians. A story of how the atoms of arithmetic lie at the heart of modern e-business.But most of al [...]


    13. The main idea of the book is the Riemann hypothesis.The book begins with the story of the primes.It recounts the main characters, who have contributed with respect to Riemann hypothesis.The Riemann hypothesis,regarded as the most important unsolved problems not only in mathematics but the whole science .This is an important book for me.


    14. Cito testualmente, o quasi:"L'ipotesi di Riemann, l'ultimo teorema di Fermat, la congettura di Goldbach, sono tutte scoperte che hanno reso immortali i matematici responsabili di aver dissepolto quei tesori nel corso dell'esplorazione dei numeri primi.I loro nomi sopravviveranno quando ormai ci saremo dimenticati da tempo quelli di Eschilo. Goethe e Shakespeare" .


    15. Wow, I am not mathematically inclined at all but this was a thrill to read. what a talent to bring complex mathematics and the prime numbers to more people. Thanks to Du Sautoy. This book enriched my life.


    16. Un libro coinvolgente ed affascinante su uno degli aspetti più intriganti della matematica, quello della dimostrazione dell’ipotesi di Reimann.Il mistero dei numeri primi, così potentemente legati all’essenza stessa della realtà, è capace di avvincere chi è già appassionato di matematica, e forse in grado di far innamorare della matematica chi a scuola non l’ha mai amata.Di certo questo è il più bel libro sulla matematica che abbia mai letto, racconta l’appassionante storia della [...]


    17. The Music of the Primes is an amazing introduction to the Riemann hypothesis. I'm a bit biased here, since I like math, and have some idea about the subject matter. If you know a bit about prime counting, logarithms, modular arithmetic and quantum mechanics, you can't put this down. Even the people who don't like math might find it interesting, it is so well written. The language is lucid, and even complicated mathematical concepts are presented in a way that is easy to understand. In fact, he n [...]


    18. I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it is reasonably well written, and provides fascinating insights both into the history of mathematics and into the strange world of modern number theory. As a result, it helped change my view of what maths is, and realise that it should be a fascinating journey of discovery, a million miles away from the dry routine of calculation and prescribed problem-solving I remember from school. On the other hand, I have to admit that most of the math [...]


    19. This is a really well written and fascinating book on the history of the Riemann hypothesis and the people involved trying to solve it. Hardly any maths involved so a easy and fast read. Not much more to say as there are already many great reviews already written about it but in particular I liked the clear explanation of how modulus arithmetic and cryptography (RSA system) works. If you desire to learn more about the Riemann hypothesis or are thinking about reading "Prime Obsession, Bernhard Ri [...]


    20. The quest for finding a pattern among prime numbers is as old as number theory itself and is certainly well-represented in book form (see Prime Obsession). But The Music of the Primes presents a lucid, unbiased look at the evolution of prime number theory, not just Reimann's most famous take on the problem. It gets a little heavy at the end (as most great math books do) with the evolution of parallel processing and the subsequent exponential growth of digits, but it's still one of my top-five es [...]


    21. This book, read after Popco and 13 Things That Don't Make Sense, has made me really really want to study number theory. Maybe even give up on that whole history and social justice thing I've been doing and just be a mathematicianWho knew prime numbers (and mathematicians!) were so fascinating?


    22. This book is written with respect to Riemann hypothesis.It has been written about the history of the prime number.Riemann hypothesis is not yet resolved.It is written in relation to the process of solving Riemann hypothesis.It is written also in relation to other mathematical problems with it.They are a great achievement.This book is not conclusive.Human being have the development of the Riemann hypothesis.Early I hope we can solve Riemann hypothesis .It will contribute to humanity.


    23. Davvero fantastico, incredibile! Uno dei miei libri preferiti, DuSautoy, oltre a essere un matematico è anche un grande scrittore. Credo che con la pubblicazione di questo romanzo la ricerca di una soluzione all'ipotesi di Riemann sia cresciuta esponenzialmente. Ah, che bello sarebbe vincere una medaglia Fields!


    24. Interessante storia sulla congettura (ancora aperta) di Riemann, forse troppo divulgativa e poco matematica ma a quei livelli è difficile spiegare tutti i tecnicismi del caso. Prima parte molto bella, un po' sottotono la seconda ma molto molto godibile nel complesso.


    25. This is one of the most wonderful books on Math that I have read. Added it only now, since suggested me to read it again. I had just not updated it here. A detailed writeup is on my blogonewayroad123/2012


    26. The greatest maths book I have read yet, it makes number theory immensely simple. Theoretically an exposition of the Riemann Hypothesis, widely seen as the most important unsolved problem in maths, it takes in all the most groundbreaking maths of the last 500 years.


    27. I read the whole book sitting on the shore during summer vacation. My girlfriend would complain about me reading nerd stuff like I never did. God, I wish she could know what I know now!


    28. An amazing romp through the history of the search for proof of the Riemann Hypothesis. Every page has an idea or a personality that makes you want to hunt down and read *another* book.



    29. It is with books like these that I wonder why I never chose to study mathematics further. I would like to believe it was due to the abysmal, 'learn-by-rote and don't explore' method that I was forced to follow in the rat-race to pick a career. It is extremely unfortunate that I ended up quitting the subject with quite some vitriol, but it is even more unfortunate that I have begun to discover, a little too late, the very subject's beauty. Well, better late than never, right?But hey, if I really [...]


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