
The Prime Number Conspiracy
 The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
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Publisher's summary
These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cuttingedge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's neverending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editorinchief Thomas Lin.
Quanta is the only popular publication that offers indepth coverage of the latest breakthroughs in understanding our mathematical universe. It communicates mathematics by taking it seriously, wrestling with difficult concepts and clearly explaining them in a way that speaks to our innate curiosity about our world and ourselves.
Listeners of this volume will learn that prime numbers have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them (the "conspiracy" of the title); consider whether math is the universal language of nature (allowing for "a unified theory of randomness"); discover surprising solutions (including a pentagon tiling proof that solves a centuryold math problem); ponder the limits of computation; measure infinity; and explore the eternal question: "Is mathematics good for you?"
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In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modernday quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions  why? how?  bravely asked.


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Shining a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics, Jim AlKhalili invites us all to understand what this crucially important science tells us about the universe and the nature of reality itself. AlKhalili begins by introducing the fundamental concepts of space, time, energy, and matter, and then describes the three pillars of modern physics  quantum theory, relativity, and thermodynamics  showing how all three must come together if we are ever to have a full understanding of reality.


excellent book
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