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Music of the Primes [2006] [DVD]


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  • Directors: David Okuefuna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Open University Worldwide
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0749225955
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,334 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The mystery that has confounded mathematicians for centuries is the riddle that surrounds the distribution of prime numbers. Primes are fundamental to mathematics; they are the basic blocks from which all other numbers can be built. Yet they seem to surface entirely randomly among the number line. But are primes truly random or is there some hidden pattern? It's the greatest unsolved problem of mathematics - and whoever cracks it will achieve mathematical immortality.

In the 3 programmes , Marcus du Sautoy investigates the fascinating story of great mathematicians including Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann, G. H. Hardy, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Alan Turing, who have all grappled with the problem of primes.

Filmed on location in Princetown, Las Vegas, Athens, Madras, London, Cambridge and Gottingen in Germany, Marcus talks to some of the world's leading mathematicians who have been listening to 'the music'.

Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics at All Souls', Oxford. He is the author of the book The Music of the Primes, upon which this series is based.

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The mystery that has confounded mathematicians for centuries is the riddle that surrounds the distribution of prime numbers. Primes are fundamental to mathematics; they are the basic blocks from which all other numbers can be built. Yet they seem to surface entirely randomly among the number line. But are primes truly random or is there some hidden pattern? It's the greatest unsolved problem of mathematics - and whoever cracks it will achieve mathematical immortality.In the 3 programs , Marcus du Sautoy investigates the fascinating story of great mathematicians including Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann, G. H. Hardy, Srinivasa Ramanujan and Alan Turing, who have all grappled with the problem of primes. Filmed on location in Princetown, Las Vegas, Athens, Madras, London, Cambridge and Gottingen in Germany, Marcus talks to some of the world's leading mathematicians who have been listening to 'the music'. Marcus du Sautoy is a professor of mathematics at All Souls', Oxford. He is the author of the book, "The Music of the Primes", upon which this series is based.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Greaves on 15 Nov 2009
This is a really interesting journey into prime numbers, Marcus du Sautoy always makes it interesting and with the aid of some superb CGIs, it is well presented. As a lover of mathematics with still only a basic grasp of most ideas, I found this quite easy to follow - yet stimulating! Despite the cost, it is well worth having in your collection...recommended viewing! Also worth getting is 'The Story of Maths', also by Marcus and available from Amazon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Feb 2010
I really enjoyed this dvd, and bought it with the intention of reviewing it for my maths degree class. Marcus de Sortoy yet again delivers the maths in this DVD in an interesting and easy-to-understand way, with some really good imagery to help keep the viewers attention. it would have been accessible to any interested adult who understood what a prime number is, but was all the more interesting for me due to the course i a on. however, it also gave tantalising glimpses into areas of maths which i would now love to investigate! the dvd comes in the format of three episodes, which also enables viewing to be broken up into smaller chunks - a useful feature!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Willy Van den Driessche on 14 July 2010
This video tells the story of the Riemann hypthesis (all true zeroes of the Riemann Zeta function have real part 1/2). It starts with Erathosthenes' beautiful proof and goes on in the entire story. Then we go to Gauss with his guess as a 14-year old of the Li(n) limit for pi(n) (the number of primes smaller than n). The we come to Riemann with the "invention" of the complex zeta function and we go further with the other key players : Turing, Montgommery etc.. This viedo has far less detail than the book but it is far easier to digest too. It only takes two hours to watch the full video. For those in love with math a definitely recommended watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 8 Feb 2014
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I am a bit disappointed with this DVD as I wished to learn more about mathematics. To understand what was being presented one would need some advanced tuition not available to the ordinary person. What I did gain was more about the history of the great mathematicians. A pity, because I am in need of mental stimulation and this did not meet my need. If someone is sufficiently advanced in mathematics this would probably be very interesting to them.
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By Mr. Alexander Ward on 4 April 2013
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An excellent book and very interesting. I would certainly recommend this book as it is a very good read. A good buy.
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