In 1859, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change mathematics. The subject was the mystery of prime numbers. At the heart of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved, and one that still 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 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 The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics and the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathematics and the ongoing quest to capture it.
Praise for The Music of the Primes:
"An enthralling story of profoundly human passions and griefs, of rivalries and collaborative labors. . . . A book not to be put down."—Times Literary Supplement
"Enormously entertaining. . . . [Du Sautoy] uncovers a staggering depth and richness to the universe that should leave you in awe."—New Scientist
"This fascinating account is written like the purest poetry. Marcus du Sautoy's enthusiasm shines through every line of this hymn to the joy of high intelligence, illuminating as it does so even the darkest corners of his most arcane universe."—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman