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Stuart Rojstaczer

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I'm overeducated and like to tell jokes. I've been a Duke University professor and a restaurant dishwasher (one paid a lot better, the other might have been a bit more fun). I've been married for longer than is legal in California (shhh...don't tell the authorities). Somehow along the way, I became America's grade inflation czar (I don't understand how this happened, honest). I've written tons of science articles, a good number of op-eds for newspapers, and two books: one published memoir about my days as a professor (Gone For Good, Oxford, 1999), and a comic novel about Polish-Russian émigrés, The Mathematician's Shiva, which was published by Penguin Books on September 2nd, 2014.


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The Mathematician's Shiva
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The Mathematician’s Shiva continues to find an audience and is still showing up on bookstores’ bestselling lists (which both surprises me and makes me happy). It was named an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal finalist and was also named one of the Favorite Physics Books of 2014 by Scientific American. Reviews are still coming in – which also surprises and makes me happy – includin...

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location: Alexander Book Company, 50 Second St., San Francisco, CA, The United States
description: Reading and Q&A especially for American Geophysical Union week in SF (non-geophysicists more than welcome). Note early time.
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“With my family, historical facts are subsidiary to narrative, and narrative must always show the narrator in the best light.”
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“We’re like rednecks then, zaydeh.” “What are you talking about? I was educated well. I know six languages. I manage the family investment portfolio. Your mother and father are both professors. Your mother is brilliant. We are not rednecks, anything but.” “But you married a first cousin.” “That was done in Poland. Royalty did such things, too. Dukes, duchesses, princes, princesses. It was a custom. We aren’t rednecks. We’re European. Big difference.”
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