By David Wells
Cicadas of the genus Magicicada look as soon as each 7, thirteen, or 17 years. Is it only a accident that those are all major numbers? How do dual primes range from cousin primes, and what on the earth (or within the brain of a mathematician) should be horny approximately major numbers? What did Albert Wilansky locate so interesting approximately his brother-in-law's mobile number?
Mathematicians were asking questions about top numbers for greater than twenty-five centuries, and each solution turns out to generate a brand new rash of questions. In top Numbers: the main Mysterious Figures in Math, you are going to meet the world's such a lot talented mathematicians, from Pythagoras and Euclid to Fermat, Gauss, and Erd?o?s, and you can find a host of distinctive insights and artistic conjectures that experience either enlarged our realizing and deepened the mystique of top numbers. This accomplished, A-to-Z advisor covers every little thing you ever desired to know--and even more that you just by no means suspected--about major numbers, including:
* The unproven Riemann speculation and the ability of the zeta function
* The ""Primes is in P"" algorithm
* The sieve of Eratosthenes of Cyrene
* Fermat and Fibonacci numbers
* the good web Mersenne top Search
* and masses, a lot more
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