Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Music of the Primes

The Music of the PrimesI recently finished a book called The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy. If you have even a passing interest in Mathematics (probably just alienated 99% of the planet there) then you should really check out this book. While focusing primarily on the topic of prime numbers, this is not a book full of complicated formulas and dull language.

Instead, the author takes a colourful historical journey through the insular world of mathematics beginning with the ancient Greeks and ending in the present day, a journey full of interesting and brilliant mathematicians like Gauss and Riemann. The central underlying theme of the book revolves around the Riemann Hypothesis, which remains unproven to this very day. If you fancy your chances, there is a prize of $1,000,000 to be claimed by the first person who manages to prove it!


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