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Stuart Rojstaczer

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Stuart Rojstaczer is the author of two books: a bestselling novel, The Mathematician's Shiva (Penguin, 2014), and an academic memoir, Gone for Good (Oxford, 1999). He has written articles about education for the New York Times and Washington Post and has written research articles in geophysics, hydrology, geology and ecology for the magazines Science and Nature. He has been a professor of geophysics at Duke University and an award-winning songwriter and musician.

He received the National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction and the Friends of American Writers Literature Award. He has been a National Science Foundation Young Investigator and an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Finalist. Rojstaczer has lectured at ove
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Stuart Rojstaczer A mathematician, an Eastern European emigre, came to our house for dinner and after spending much of the dinner staring at my three year old kid,…moreA mathematician, an Eastern European emigre, came to our house for dinner and after spending much of the dinner staring at my three year old kid, berated me for not teaching her algebra because he was convinced she was a math genius. I thought about what would it be like to be an Eastern European female math genius. The eventual result was The Mathematician's Shiva.(less)
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The Mathematician's Shiva

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I note that I share more than a little bit with Bob. Midwestern. Jewish. Write songs. Write novels. Write memoirs. Neither of us deserve the Nobel Prize.


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"Hey, so, yes. This is my novel. You guys. I wrote a novel. It'll be out next February. What a long, strange trip it's been.

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I tip my hat to Paul Goldberg. A lot of people I know are going to love this steeped in Yiddish tale.
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I've been staying away from reading contemporary American fiction because it screws up my own writing. But I'm taking a break between books and it feels good to read other people's stuff again.

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“The inability of Americans to value intellect is, to me, maddening. If someone possesses physical beauty they will not be cloistered or hidden in dark shadows. No, they are expected to be a source of pleasing scenery to others. We are not frightened in this country by beauty. We celebrate it, as we should. But what about beautiful brains, the kind that create amazing worlds out of nothing but thoughts, that can find a way to intricately bond elements of our lives that common wisdom tells us are inert? Why should anyone hide this intellect ever? No. Fuck boring financiers like Warren Buffett...there is no such thing as unnecessary beauty, physical or intellectual.”
Stuart Rojstaczer, The Mathematician's Shiva

“In this country, people buy T-shirts extolling their survival skills after snowstorms and heat waves. I used to get angry about this behavior, which I considered to be a childish display of false endurance. How can a country be so weak to think that a little snow or a little spike in a thermometer is actual hardship? But now … I’m almost pleased to see these T-shirts appear every few years. Now they indicate to me that this country is so secure and wealthy that actual hardship for many is almost impossible. These celebrations of minor calamities are in essence a signal that the people of this country feel so safe that they’ve turned survival into a silly game. Unfortunately, most nations are not like the United States. Danger is real for almost everyone most anywhere else.”
Stuart Rojstaczer, The Mathematician's Shiva

“There is a well-known joke—at least well known in mathematics—about how mathematicians work. A mathematician and a Starbucks barista are each placed in front of a stove with a kettle and a nearby faucet and told to make boiling water. Both do the same thing. They fill the kettle with water from the faucet, light the stove with a match, and place the water-filled kettle on the stove. Mission accomplished. The mathematician and the Starbucks barista are next placed in front of a stove with a kettle that they are told is filled with clean water and told to make boiling water yet again. The barista lifts the kettle off the stove for a moment, lights the stove, and puts the kettle back on. The mathematician lifts the kettle off the stove, pours out the water into a sink, puts the newly emptied kettle back on the stove and says, “The problem has been reduced to the previously solved case. Q.E.D.”
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