“The Music of the Primes” by Marcus Du Sautoy

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.

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One thought on ““The Music of the Primes” by Marcus Du Sautoy

  1. I’m not surprised that a person (and I admit I know almost nothing about you, but, that some person) would find writing about the prime numbers interesting. Prime numbers, and number theory generally, are a great subject: they’re as easy to start learning about as the times times are, and you can get in very little time to questions that are perfectly understandable but that nobody knows the answers to. The field is very accessible to the non-expert, and it’s well-stocked with colorful characters just when the puzzles themselves might cause the reader’s interest to sag.

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