Marcus du Sautoy (born 1965) is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly of All Souls College, he is now a fellow of Wadham College. He has been named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists. In 2001 he won the prestigious Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, which is awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research by a mathematician under forty. He writes for The Times and The Guardian and has several times appeared on BBC Radio 4 and television. He currently presents the television program, Mind Games, on BBC Four. He has also written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, the most recent being The Music of the Primes.
Marcus du Sautoy grew up in Henley-on-Thames where he attended Gillotts School and then King James' College (now Henley College) before going on to Oxford University. He currently lives in London with his wife, children and cat. He plays football and the trumpet.
The Music of the Primes: Searching to Solve the Greatest Mystery in Mathematics is a 2003 book by Marcus du Sautoy, a professor in mathematics at Oxford University, on the history of prime number theory. In particular he examines the Riemann hypothesis, the proof of which would revolutionize our understanding of prime numbers. He traces the history of the prime number theorem back through history, highlighting the work of some of the greatest mathematical minds along the way.
Music of the Primes is also the title of a 2006 electronic music track by Cube::Hard.