I know it may seem odd to some, but maths was my favourite subject at school, and I’m still interested in the subject, so one of my Christmas presents a couple of years ago, was The Music of the Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy. The book follows mathematicians fascination with prime numbers from ancient Greece through to the modern day, and looks at how German mathematician Bernard Riemann proposed his hypothesis about prime numbers … but no proof for his theory, and his housekeeper burnt most of his papers after his death, leaving the mathematical world with an unsolved problem to this day. Although no one has cracked it yet, the search for a solution has led to the cryptography we rely on today to keep all our computer systems secure.
Even as someone interested in maths, I’m surprised just how much I enjoyed this book. Du Sautoy has a very approachable style of writing, and I was genuinely fascinated by the stories of the different stories of all the mathematicians through history, as well as the impact prime numbers have on our lives today. A very enjoyable book, and for anyone interested in the subject, I would highly recommend reading it.