Music of the Primes

The Music of the Primes
Marcus du Sautoy, Oxford University
Thursday, May 8, 2008, at 6:00 pm

Marcus du Sautoy, author of the The Music of the Primes, will discuss the mystery of prime numbers, the history behind the



“Music of the Primes” is a book written by Marcus du Sautoy, a British mathematician. Published in 2003, the book explores the fascinating world of prime numbers, which are whole numbers greater than 1 that can only be divided by 1 and themselves without leaving a remainder.

In “Music of the Primes,” du Sautoy delves into the history, significance, and mysteries surrounding prime numbers. He discusses the efforts of mathematicians throughout the centuries to understand prime numbers better, including their distribution, patterns, and connections to other areas of mathematics.

The title “Music of the Primes” reflects du Sautoy’s exploration of the harmonic patterns and symmetries that can be found within the distribution of prime numbers. He draws analogies between the study of prime numbers and the structure of music, suggesting that both involve uncovering hidden patterns and relationships.

Throughout the book, du Sautoy shares anecdotes, historical anecdotes, and personal insights into the world of prime numbers, making complex mathematical concepts accessible to a general audience. “Music of the Primes” is praised for its engaging writing style and its ability to convey the beauty and intrigue of prime numbers to readers with varying levels of mathematical background.


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