By Vicky Neale

Prime numbers have intrigued, encouraged and infuriated mathematicians for millennia. each institution scholar reports leading numbers and will savour their good looks, and but mathematicians' trouble with answering a few probably basic questions on them unearths the intensity and subtlety of major numbers.

Vicky Neale charts the hot development in the direction of proving the well-known dual Primes Conjecture, and the very other ways within which the breakthroughs were made: a solo mathematician operating in isolation and obscurity, and a wide collaboration that's extra public than any earlier collaborative attempt in arithmetic and that unearths a lot approximately how mathematicians move approximately their paintings. Interleaved with this tale are highlights from a considerably older story, going again thousand years and

more, of mathematicians' efforts to realize the wonder and free up the mysteries of the major numbers.

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