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narky's bookmarks tagged "sautoy" on NetvouzThe Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics - Marcus du Sautoy
http://www.amazon.com/Music-Primes-Searching-Greatest-Mathematics/dp/0060935588/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-7250087-6485431?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1178413008&sr=1-1
The quest to bring advanced math to the masses continues with this engaging but quixotic treatise. The mystery in question is the Riemann Hypothesis, named for the hypochondriac German mathematician Bernard Reimann (1826-66), which ties together imaginary numbers, sine waves and prime numbers in a way that the world's greatest mathematicians have spent 144 years trying to prove. Oxford mathematician and BBC commentator du Sautoy does his best to explain the problem, but stumbles over the fact that the Riemann Hypothesis and its corollaries are just too hard for non-tenured readers to understand. He falls back on the staples of math popularizations by shifting the discussion to easier math concepts.Educational > Mathematics > Textbooks/BooksnarkySun, 06 May 2007 01:00:13 GMT