David G. Wells

Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math is 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 will meet the world’s most gifted mathematicians, from Pythagoras and Euclid to Fermat, Gauss, and Erdos, and you will discover a host of unique insights and inventive conjectures that have both enlarged our understanding and deepened the mystique of prime numbers.