The Secrets of Creation trilogy was originally intended to be a single book. However, when it came time to discuss illustrations, author Matthew Watkins and illustrator Matt Tweed soon realised that they were faced with the Herculean task of putting together a book with close to 1000 pages and nearly as many images! After an initial period of despair, it became apparent to them that the book would split very naturally into three parts. This made the project a lot more realistic, so they set to work on completing the first volume, with the aim of publishing the three volumes roughly a year apart.
Volume 1, The Mystery of the Prime Numbers (published June 2010) begins by looking at the role of numbers in human cultures, particularly the extent to which they have come to dominate modern Western thinking. If this "number system" is so central to our view of reality, the author suggests, and so
many of us give it so little thought, maybe we should have a closer look at it. Prime numbers are then introduced, along with the question everyone seems to ask: "is there a pattern in them?". The issue of what constitutes a pattern is then considered, before the puzzling "splatter" of primes along the number line is explained in terms of the uncoiling of a particularly beautiful spiral. The extent to which the actual arrangement of primes deviates from this "approximate" pattern is examined next, and this "deviation" is revealed to be concealing an infinite collection of wavelike forms. These "waveforms" are carefully explained, again in terms of spirals. In fact, in the absence of a better name (these objects only being of interest to a relatively small band of mathematicians, who communicate in equations), the author has chosen to call them spiral waves.
Like a conventional wave (a "sine wave"), they have something like a "frequency". The frequencies of the first handful of spiral waves are presented: a mysterious
string of awkwardlooking numbers, raising the mindboggling question where could these particular numbers, lurking within the structure of reality and entirely unknown for almost all of history, possibly have come from?
Volume 2, The Enigma of the Spiral Waves (published January 2012) then addresses that question. Journeying further into the heart of number system, the reader is introduced to the mystifying "Riemann zeros" and the notorious Riemann Hypothesis. It's then explained how the weird set of frequencies met at the end of Volume 1 have all of the mathematical "fingerprints" necessary to strongly suggest that they correspond to the vibrations of some kind of (unknown) "system". As Oxford mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy has said, "We have all this evidence that the Riemann zeros are vibrations, but we don't know what's doing the vibrating."
Volume 3, Prime Numbers, Quantum Physics and a Journey to the Centre of Your Mind (published July 2013) tackles the question of what is "doing the vibrating". To address this question raised by Volume 2, the reader will be taken on an accessible tour of some of the basic ideas of both quantum mechanics and chaos theory. To the great suprise of both physicists and mathematicians, the interface of these two areas of physics (known as "quantum chaology" or "quantum chaos") turns out to be absolutely central to addressing the (pure mathematical) question of the mysterious frequencies encountered at the end of Volume 1. But to suggest that some kind of vibrating physical system "underlies" the number system itself – exactly what kind of thing could we possibly be talking about here? What could this all mean? Some rather farout ideas about the relations between the physical world and "numerical world", mind and matter, perception and reality will be discussed. Readers who reach the end of Volume 3 will never be able to look at the number system (or reality in general) in quite the same way again.
