The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics
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 busi...more
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 less than...more
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...more
Negli ultimi anni vanno di moda i libri che raccontano i grandi problemi che la matematica ha incontrato nel corso degli anni: i racconti usano meno formule possibili - e lo si può capire - e sono anche romanzati, secondo lo stile portato al successo da Eric Temple Bell che non si è peritato di portare alle future generazioni delle biografie di grandi matematici piuttosto esagerate. Con questo libro (Marcus du Sautoy, L'enigma dei...more
But this book has a serious flaw. The math was really dumbed down...more
Il lettore è accompagnato attraverso la storia della matematica per cogliere il fascino e la sfida dei numeri primi, in un percorso divulgativo e...more
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...more
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.
Calling the Riemann...more
Repasa de manera fabulosa la evolución de las matemáticas a la luz del rastro dejado por el estudio de los números primos. El hilo de la trama es tan embriagador que en un momento dado te desorienta y en te hace perderte en un alud de personajes que corren desorientados tras los misterios de la función Z de Riemann. Y es posiblemente esta parte la que se hace más espesa por la dificultad del autor de transmitir en lenguaje simple lo que sólo desde el profundo conocimiento de...more
I've been interested in numbers ever since I can remember. Math was always my favorite subject in school, and I majored in it in college. I don't do a lot of math anymore, with the exception of the odd algebra problem on my page a day calendar, but I enjoy reading about the history of math.
A couple of years ago my son gave me a book on the Reimann Hypothesis, Prime Obsession Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics. It was a fascinating book, but had a lot of math that...more
But hey, if I really...more
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...more
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 matematica, fat...more
This book is about the history of the Riemann hypothesis, an unproven statement in mathematics that relates a function of complex numbers to the distribution of the primes. Specifically, if the Riemann hypothesis were true, there is a function which p...more