In prime numbers the most mysterious figures in math youll meet the worlds most gifted mathematicians from pythagoras and euclid to fermat gauss and erdos and youll discover a host of unique insights and inventive conjectures that have both enlarged our understanding and deepened the mystique of prime numbers. David wells prime numbers the most mysterious figures in math is an a to z guide to the prime numbers aimed at a general audience to be honest after reading the cover of the book i was initially skeptical do we really need another popular book about the primes why cant a potential reader use one of the myriad of resources already available eg wikipedia to look up unfamiliar . 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. In prime numbers the most mysterious figures in math david wells has compiled a comprehensive a to z guide containing a vast amount of information about prime numbers every reader of this book is bound to find many new and interesting facts about the primes mathematics teachers in particular will find much material here to enrich their classes. Prime numbers are one of the most basic topics of study in the branch of mathematics called number theory primes are numbers that can only be evenly divided by themselves and 1
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