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Prime Suspects

The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations

Andrew Granville Jennifer Granville Robert J. Lewis



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Princeton University Pres
15 October 2019
An outrageous graphic novel that investigates key concepts in mathematics Integers and permutations-two of the most basic mathematical objects-are born of different fields and analyzed with separate techniques. Yet when the Mathematical Sciences Investigation team of crack forensic mathematicians, led by Professor Gauss, begins its autopsies of the victims of two seemingly unrelated homicides, Arnie Integer and Daisy Permutation, they discover the most extraordinary similarities between the structures of each body.

Prime Suspects is a graphic novel that takes you on a voyage of forensic discovery, exploring some of the most fundamental ideas in mathematics. Travel with Detective von Neumann as he leaves no clue unturned, from shepherds' huts in the Pyrenees to secret societies in the cafes of Paris, from the hidden codes in the music of the stones to the grisly discoveries in Finite Fields. Tremble at the ferocity of the believers in deep and rigid abstraction. Feel the frustration-and the excitement-of our young heroine, Emmy Germain, as she blazes a trail for women in mathematical research and learns from Professor Gauss, the greatest forensic detective of them all.

Beautifully drawn and exquisitely detailed, Prime Suspects is unique, astonishing, and witty-a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience mathematics like never before.
By:   Andrew Granville, Jennifer Granville
Contributions by:   Robert J. Lewis
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 168mm, 
ISBN:   9780691149158
ISBN 10:   0691149151
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 award-winning producer, screenwriter, and director, and the coauthor of The Casting Handbook: For Film and Theatre Makers.

Reviews for Prime Suspects: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations

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 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 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 A total one-off. ---Matthew Reisz, Times Educational Supplement 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

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