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Music of The Primes

Why did Beckham choose the number 23 shirt? How is 17 the key to the evolutionary survival of a strange species of cicada? Prime numbers are the atoms of arithmetic - the hydrogen and oxygen of the world of numbers. Despite their fundamental importance to mathematics, they represent one of the most tantalising enigmas in the pursuit of human knowledge.


Why did Beckham choose the number 23 shirt? How is 17 the key to the evolutionary survival of a strange species of cicada? Prime numbers are the atoms of arithmetic - the hydrogen and oxygen of the world of numbers. Despite their fundamental importance to mathematics, they represent one of the most tantalising enigmas in the pursuit of human knowledge. In 1859, the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann put forward an idea - a hypothesis - which seemed to reveal a magical harmony at work in the numerical landscape. A million dollars now awaits the person who can unravel the mystery of the hidden music that might explain the cacophony of the primes.


Speaker(s):

Professor Marcus du Sautoy | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

12 May 2005 at 5:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Wilberforce Road
Cambridge
CB3 0WA
+44 12 23 76 68 39


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Tickets:

Free

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Admission to the lecture is free but by ticket only – for tickets please contact
Alison Boyle, Millennium Mathematics Project, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA (01223 766839) or email mmp@maths.cam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

Level: suggested age range 15-18+

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