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## Wednesday, 1 October 2008

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Sexy Maths

I've started writing a new column in The Times newspaper every Wednesday that will appear in T2 under the slightly embarrassing name of Sexy Maths. The first piece is about the new record big prime that was found a few weeks ago.

Primes of Passion
"Finding Moonshine: a mathematician's journey through symmetry" is a new book by the author of The Music of the Primes. In twelve chapters, one for each month of his working year, Marcus du Sautoy explores the nature of symmetry and gives an unparalleled insight into the working life of a mathematician.

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I've started writing a new column in The Times newspaper every Wednesday that will appear in T2 under the slightly embarrassing name of Sexy Maths. The first piece is about the new record big prime that was found a few weeks ago.

Primes of Passion

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- Marcus du Sautoy
- Marcus du Sautoy FRS is Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is the author of Finding Moonshine, What We Cannot Know, The Number Mysteries and The Music of the Primes (all published by Fourth Estate). He has presented numerous radio and television programmes for the BBC. He writes for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times. More details can be found at www.marcusdusautoy.com

## 3 comments:

Sexy maths: the Fibonacci sequence's prime rate - Times Online: Is 3 an exception to to the rule that a prime number in the series must be in a prime postion? 3 is a prime number but in the 4th position, i.e. a non-prime position. Have I misunderstood?

Whoops. Well spotted. It is in fact the only exception. Every other non-prime position (except for the 4th) will give a non-prime Fibonacci number.

OK, as we have an exception to the non-primes in non-prime postions rule how do we know that there are not others?

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