Loading... L' enigma dei numeri primi : L'ipotesi di Riemann, l'ultimo grande mistero… (original 2003; edition 2003)by Marcus du Sautoy, Carlo Capararo (Translator)
Work detailsThe Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics by Marcus du Sautoy (2003)
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. No current Talk conversations about this book. 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. ( ) Excellent book. Loads of interesting material. Worth re-browsing anytime. Good list of further reading and websites in the back. This book surprised me. It's mostly about things I learnt on my maths degree and mostly hated at the time. Linking the whole history of the exploration of prime numbers, which mostly comes down to trying to prove the Riemann hypothesis, together with the background and biography of the mathematicians involved, the reasons why they were exploring this problem, and modern day real world applications makes it really interesting though. Wish I'd read it about 18 years ago really. This took me a long time to read. Not quite convinced the got the balance between maths (relatively little) and anecdotes about mathematicians right, but I do appreciate that it's difficult to explain that kind of maths to the general public, and let's face it, I was struggling occasionally on the bits he did try. Bechdel: 3 female mathematicians are mentioned (Sarah Flannery, Julia Robinson, Sophie Germain) though they never actually talk to each for more or less obvious reasons. I imagine if they did, they's be talking about maths though, and I like that thought. The scarcity of women in the book reflects on the field and the historical prejudice, not on du Sautoy. Though I would like to see him do more to actively encourage girls to get into the sciences and maths especially, in his new-ish job in charge of public understanding of science . Marcus du Sautoy's book jumps too quickly from topic to topic and is often way too shallow, especially in the more mathematical parts. He also constantly uses vague metaphors, usually without even mentioning the proper term. Especially the constant mentioning of 'clocks' and 'hours' when talking about modular arithmetic annoyed me to no end. Likewise, many theorems are mentioned without ever explaining what they are. Some kind of footnotes or endnotes would have been perfect here for those with a background in mathematics, or even for interested readers who don't. Regardless, the biographical sections are often very interesting, and the book contained quite a few mathematical tidbits I didn't know about. Also enjoyed the parts about the connection to quantum physics, which really surprised me. no reviews | add a review
References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in English (6)Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060935588, Paperback)In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change the history of mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved but one that baffles mathematicians to this day. Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business, since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would also have a profound impact on the cutting-edge of science, affecting quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and the future of computing. Leaders in math and science are trying to crack the elusive code, and a prize of $1 million has been offered to the winner. In this engaging book, Marcus du Sautoy reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it. (retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:33 -0400) "Prime numbers are the atoms of arithmetic, the building blocks for all other numbers. In school, we are taught that a prime is one that cannot be divided evenly by any other number except one and itself. What we are not taught is that primes represent the most tantalizing mystery in the pursuit of human knowledge. How can one predict when the next prime number will occur? Is there a formula that could generate primes? Where is the pattern behind these elusive numbers? These questions have formed a riddle that has confounded mathematicians since the ancient Greeks. The answer would revolutionize the world of math, and much more." "Nearly 150 years ago, a German mathematician named Bernard Riemann came as close as anyone has ever come to solving this problem. In 1859 he presented a paper on the subject of prime numbers to the Berlin Academy. At the heart of his presentation was an idea - a hypothesis - that seemed to reveal a magical harmony between primes and other numbers. It was an idea that Riemann argued was very likely to be true. But after his death, his housekeeper burned all of his personal papers, and to this day, no one knows whether he ever found the proof." "By now, the Riemann Hypothesis has become the number one obsession for the world's leading mathematicians. Considered to be even more difficult and more important than Fermat's Last Theorem, Riemann's solution would serve as a periodic table in charting the entire mathematical universe. But it has implications that go far beyond math. It is of tremendous importance in business, since prime numbers are the linchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It is also the idea that brings together vastly different areas of science, with critical ramifications for Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, and the future of computing. Pioneers in each of these fields are racing to crack the code, and a prize of one million dollars has been offered to the winner." "In this book, Marcus du Sautoy tells a story of eccentric and brilliant men, and of the unquenchable thirst for knowledge that has driven some to madness and others to glory. The Music of the Primes provides the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it."--BOOK JACKET.… (more) (summary from another edition) |
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