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Prime numbers are the very atoms of arithmetic. They also embody one of the most tantalising enigmas in the pursuit of human knowledge. How can one predict when the next prime number will occur? Is there a formula which could generate primes? These apparently simple questions have confounded mathematicians ever since the Ancient Greeks.

In 1859, the brilliant German mathematician Bernard Riemann put forward an idea which finally seemed to reveal a magical harmony at work in the numerical landscape. The promise that these eternal, unchanging numbers would finally reveal their secret thrilled mathematicians around the world. Yet Riemann, a hypochondriac and a troubled perfectionist, never publicly provided a proof for his hypothesis and his housekeeper burnt all his personal papers on his death.

Whoever cracks Riemann's hypothesis will go down in history, for it has implications far beyond mathematics. In business, it is the lynchpin for security and e-commerce. In science, it has critical ramifications in Quantum Mechanics, Chaos Theory, and the future of computing. Pioneers in each of these fields are racing to crack the code and a prize of $1 million has been offered to the winner. As yet, it remains unsolved.

In this breathtaking book, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy tells the story of the eccentric and brilliant men who have struggled to solve one of the biggest mysteries in science. It is a story of strange journeys, last-minute escapes from death and the unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Above all, it is a moving and awe-inspiring evocation of the mathematician's world and the beauties and mysteries it contains.

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Pub Date: 2012-08-14 Pages: 368 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US In 1859. German mathematician Bernhard Riemann presented a paper to the Berlin Academy that would forever change mathematics The subject was the mystery of prime numbers At the heart.. of the presentation was an idea that Riemann had not yet proved-one that baffles mathematicians to this day.Solving the Riemann Hypothesis could change the way we do business. since prime numbers are the lynchpin for security in banking and e-commerce. It would also have a profound impact on the cutting edge of science. affecting quantum mechanics. chaos theory. and the future of computing. Leaders in math and science are trying to crack the elusive code. and a prize of 1 million has been offered to the winner . In this engaging book. Marcus du Sautoy reveals the extraordinary history behind the holy grail of mathema...

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