Prime Suspects: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations


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$22.95  $21.11
Princeton University Press
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8.0 X 0.8 X 10.0 inches | 1.85 pounds
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About the Author

Andrew Granville is the Canada Research Chair in Number Theory at the University of Montreal and professor of mathematics at University College London. Jennifer Granville is an educator, award-winning film and theater producer, writer, and director. Robert J. Lewis is a Toronto-based graphic designer and storyboard artist for film and television.


"This is a fantastic project and very entertaining format for communicating both deep mathematics and the culture of mathematics--what a breath of fresh air!"--Kristin Lauter, Microsoft Research
"Properties of integers, polynomials, and permutations are shown to be identical in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel murder mystery that is a fun read for the mathematically inclined."--Dorian Goldfeld, Columbia University
"The reader gets hooked on reading more and more about the mystery of primes and permutations. Prime Suspects presents some real mathematics in such a fresh and novel way!"--Kaisa Matomรคki, University of Turku, Finland
"Prime Suspects is unlike any mathematics book I've ever seen. Alongside stunning illustrations and playful cameos, the reader will find a probing discussion of some fascinating (and still largely unexplained) analogies between the distribution and decomposition of integers and permutations."--Matt Baker, Georgia Institute of Technology
"This super book is a psychedelic whirlwind detective story about prime numbers and permutations, told comic book style. Readers will enjoy avatars of famous mathematicians, relish clever cameos and plugs, and learn deep mathematics. Bravo!"--Ken Ono, Emory University
"One of the most creative ways to present advanced mathematical ideas that I have seen."--Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
"Prime Suspects will appeal to a variety of readers in a variety of venues . . . . For the mathematician who eats, sleeps, and drinks numbers, start on page one and just enjoy the story . . . the book is fun, and interesting, and a challenge on many levels."---Judith Reveal, New York Journal of Books
"What a spectacular book! I am rather blown away by it."---Jonathan Shock, MathemAfrica
"A total one-off."---Matthew Reisz, Times Educational Supplement
"Prime Suspects blends together the worlds of mathematics and forensic science to give readers both an interesting mystery and an education in numbers."---Anelise Farris, Rogues Portal
"This is really a great book with so many references to mathematical ideas, that you can read and reread and find every time new details hidden in the graphics."---Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society
"Granville and Granville have performed something of a feat. They've written a graphic detective novel that is both interesting to read and yet simultaneously teaches its readers some deep mathematics . . . . It's very difficult to write a book on an advanced topic in mathematics that's accessible to math students and enthusiasts yet touches on contemporary research that is of interest to a broad swath of practicing mathematicians. Prime Suspects is such a book. And it's entertaining to boot. I recommend it in the strongest terms."---Benjamin Linowitz, MAA Reviews