The Mystery of the Prime Numbers uses an innovative visual approach to communicate some surprisingly advanced mathematical ideas without any need for formulas or equations. The issue of prime numbers acts as a gateway into some truly strange philosophical territory whose relevance extends well beyond mathematics.
Matthew Watkins was born in London in 1970. He trained to be a research mathematician, completing his PhD in 1994, but then left academia to travel and pursue other interests. He has stayed on the periphery of academic mathematics, having been an honorary research fellow at Exeter University since 2000.