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Forget the rest ...,
This review is from: The Mystery of the Prime Numbers: Secrets of Creation v. 1 (Paperback)
... this is the best! According to my academic record, I'm in the top 0.01% of mathematicians worldwide. And my work as a theoretical physicist has led to a much-more-than-passing interest in the Riemann Hypothesis. I'm a great believer in an intuitive understanding of the technical complexities I'm working on, so I've bought and read and re-read popular and semi-popular accounts of the Riemann Hypothesis investigations (de Sautoy, etc.).
And then: I found this!!! Although I studied mathematics at (allegedly) one of the world's leading institutions, I learned things - truly deep and important things - explained in simple terms !!! - that I was never taught in my degree classes. While other books are full of quotes by professional mathematicians about the "wonder, beauty, mystery, depth" etc. of the primes and the Riemann Hypothesis, THIS IS THE ONLY BOOK THAT ACTUALLY SHOWS YOU THAT PROFUNDITY!!!
Truly, if I ever get time once I'm finished with what I'm doing, I'll mount a crusade to ensure that no-one can get a degree in mathematics without reading this work. And once I'm done with that, I'll mount a crusade ... A-level maths ... GCSE maths ... because ANYONE can get this. I really believe that. (See the review by "Suzi" for more on this point).
So ... (with all due respect to the authors of the following) sell your copies of "Music of the Primes", "Prime Obsession" etc; and BUY THIS BOOK (and the following volumes). Trust me - you'll never regret it :).