The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy
Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics

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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.”
 

About Marcus du Sautoy

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Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, and a research fellow at the Royal Society. A frequent contributor on mathematics to The Times and BBC radio, he lives in London, England.
 
Published April 29, 2003 by Harper. 352 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Du Sautoy (Mathematics/Oxford) begins in 1900 with German mathematician David Hilbert's famous address to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris, where Hilbert offered 23 unsolved problems as challenges to his colleagues.

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The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy 352p, Fourth Estate, £18.99 In Paul Simon's 1983 song "When Numbers Get Serious", he drew attention to the common unease about the modern fixation with attaching numbers to things, even when it is downright misleading.

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The Music of the Primes: Why an unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters by Marcus du Sautoy Fourth Estate £18.99, pp314 While academic subjects such as science, history and psychology have successfully descended from the ivory towers, and turned abstract theories into bestselling books and televi...

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