## Wells, David

# Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math

A fascinating journey into the mind-bending world of prime numbers

Cicadas of the genus Magicicada appear once every 7, 13, or 17 years. Is it just a coincidence that these are all prime numbers? How do twin primes differ from cousin primes, and what on earth (or in the mind of a mathematician) could be sexy about prime numbers? What did Albert Wilansky find so fascinating about his brother-in-law's phone number?

Mathematicians have been asking questions about prime numbers for more than twenty-five centuries, and every answer seems to generate a new rash of questions. In Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math, you'll meet the world's most gifted mathematicians, from Pythagoras and Euclid to Fermat, Gauss, and Erd?o?s, and you'll discover a host of unique insights and inventive conjectures that have both enlarged our understanding and deepened the mystique of prime numbers. This comprehensive, A-to-Z guide covers everything you ever wanted to know--and much more that you never suspected--about prime numbers, including:

* The unproven Riemann hypothesis and the power of the zeta function

* The "Primes is in P" algorithm

* The sieve of Eratosthenes of Cyrene

* Fermat and Fibonacci numbers

* The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search

* And much, much more

Cicadas of the genus Magicicada appear once every 7, 13, or 17 years. Is it just a coincidence that these are all prime numbers? How do twin primes differ from cousin primes, and what on earth (or in the mind of a mathematician) could be sexy about prime numbers? What did Albert Wilansky find so fascinating about his brother-in-law's phone number?

Mathematicians have been asking questions about prime numbers for more than twenty-five centuries, and every answer seems to generate a new rash of questions. In Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math, you'll meet the world's most gifted mathematicians, from Pythagoras and Euclid to Fermat, Gauss, and Erd?o?s, and you'll discover a host of unique insights and inventive conjectures that have both enlarged our understanding and deepened the mystique of prime numbers. This comprehensive, A-to-Z guide covers everything you ever wanted to know--and much more that you never suspected--about prime numbers, including:

* The unproven Riemann hypothesis and the power of the zeta function

* The "Primes is in P" algorithm

* The sieve of Eratosthenes of Cyrene

* Fermat and Fibonacci numbers

* The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search

* And much, much more

**Keywords:** MATHEMATICS / Number Theory MAT022000

- Author(s)
- Wells, David
- Publisher
- John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
- Publication year
- 2005
- Language
- en
- Edition
- 1
- Page amount
- 288 pages
- Category
- Natural Sciences
- Format
- Ebook
- eISBN (ePUB)
- 9781118045718
- Printed ISBN
- 9780471462347