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A fantastic, beautiful book,
This review is from: The Music of the Primes: Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters (Paperback)
It was Singh's "Fermat's Last Theorem" that led me to look for another book on Number Theory, and I'm very pleased I stumbled upon "The Music of the Primes". I've read a lot of popular science books, but this is definitely my favourite.
It is incredibly easy to read, and the author gets the balance perfectly right between historical information, description of individuals and circumstances, and the maths itself. I'm pleased the maths isn't covered too thoroughly - I suspect it would have left me upset that I couldn't follow it, and negatively affected the overall story. If you do feel the need, it's simple to get any information you like on the maths involved from the web - I have a print out of a very good explanation of the zeta function now tucked in the back of the book.
The subject matter is mind-blowing, and I'm appalled that I hadn't heard about it properly before. I would love to have found out about this at a younger age, and will force my own children to read it as soon as possible!!
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Initial post: 23 Feb 2010 03:03:50 GMT
can you give details of this explanation of the zeta fn. it was the only bit he really left out...a web/html address or something
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 17:17:51 GMT
Benjamin Rossen says:
If I were you, I would not force my children to read this. But, perhaps, try to inspire them by telling how much is inspired you.
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