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Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (edition 2000)

by Apostolos Doxiadis

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Title:Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture
Authors:Apostolos Doxiadis
Info:Faber & Faber (2000), Paperback, 224 pages
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:novel, 2013

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Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis

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It's not often you get a good combination of story telling and fiction with a strong mathematical tie-in. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
The aged Uncle Petros lives alone and is considered a failure. His nephew discovers that he used to be a great professor in number theory. They try to solve the unsolved Goldbach's Conjecture problem. Not a very exciting book, really. It's claimed to make maths accessible to everyone, but didn't really do anything for me. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is the story of the relationship between a man and his uncle, Petros Papachristos. Petros spent most of his life obsessed with solving Goldbach's Conjecture, one of the unproven conjectures of mathematics. There is a little bit of math - enough to talk about at a cocktail party, not to sit down and work through. There are famous mathematicians as minor characters, such as Godel and Turing. And there is a great obsession, and how it affected the man's life. The book is a fast read and particularly fun for mathematicians. ( )
  EowynA | Mar 25, 2015 |
ניסיון לא מוצלח להסביר לקהל הרחב מה עושה מתמטיקאי.​ ספר עלוב כתוב רע ולא מעניין. איך הוא זכה להצלחה ר​ ( )
  amoskovacs | Jan 17, 2015 |
I found myself enjoying this book when I realized it's best read as a myth, not as a straight work of fiction. Knowledge of the formulas of higher mathematics isn't necessary but knowledge of the pursuit of proofs and the names of some of the most famous practitioners would be helpful. A quick read, and a good one. ( )
  Brainannex | Oct 25, 2013 |
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Archimedes will be remembered when Aeschylus is forgotten, because languages die and mathematical ideas do not. 'Immortality' may be a silly word, but probably a mathematican has the best chance of whatever it may mean.
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Every family has its black sheep -- in ours it was Uncle Petros.
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