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The Prime Number Conspiracy: The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta

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Quanta Magazine's stories of mathematical explorations show that "inspiration strikes willy-nilly," revealing surprising solutions and exciting discoveries.

These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing readers how cutting-edge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuit
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by MIT Press
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Antti Rasinen
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
It could be a better book, if they’d had the energy to rewrite the book to be more consistent and less repetitive.

The articles are arranged by topic. Sometimes two subsequent articles need to define a concept, so both of them do it.

Sometimes the articles seem to assume the reader knows math. Sometimes they don’t and they call integral “an infinite sum”.

Terence Tao is overrepresented in the first half of the book.
Cecil New
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful set of essays/articles on advances in math and the mathematicians themselves.
Steve Agland
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
You have to approach this book for what it is: a collection of loosely related magazine articles and accept the disjointedness and occasional repetition of primers on certain topics.

That aside, this is a wonderful peek into the minds and lives of world-class mathematicians. The topics can be very esoteric and difficult to grasp, but at other times are quite simple, profound and thought-provoking. But it's the biographical side that was surprisingly interesting. For some reason I find mathematici
Maurizio Codogno
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: matematica
Questo libro, raccolta di articoli sulla matematica pubblicati su Quanta Magazine, non è certo di semplice lettura. Gli estensori degli articoli non ne possono nulla, e anzi a parere mio hanno fatto dei miracoli nella semplificazione dei temi trattati: ma stiamo parlando di matematica di frontiera, e soprattutto di temi che non sono così sexy da arrivare nelle prime pagine dei grandi media e così rimangono sconosciute anche a chi come me in fin dei conti dovrebbe saperne un po' di più. Non aspet ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
i got it as a gift. but they are just articles. you can read them online for free.
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Thomas Lin is the founding editor-in-chief of Quanta Magazine, an award-winning publication that reports on developments in science and mathematics, with content syndicated in Wired, The Atlantic, Scientific American and The Washington Post. Lin previously worked at The New York Times, where he edited online features and wrote about science, technology and tennis. He has also written for Quanta, T ...more