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# Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture: A Novel of Mathematical Obsession

In the tradition of

Petros Papachristos devotes the early part of his life trying to prove one of the greatest mathematical challenges of all time: Goldbach's Conjecture, the deceptively simple claim that every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes. Against a tableau of famous ...more

*Fermat's Last Theorem*and*Einstein's Dreams*, a novel about mathematical obsession.Petros Papachristos devotes the early part of his life trying to prove one of the greatest mathematical challenges of all time: Goldbach's Conjecture, the deceptively simple claim that every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes. Against a tableau of famous ...more

Paperback, 220 pages

Published
February 3rd 2001
by Bloomsbury USA
(first published 1992)

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1+2+3+4+… = - 1/12 (Don’t miss this and the wiki article).

But, I don’t perceive the number 65 as some city gentleman with bowler hat and rolled umbrella who doesn't like to stay away from his prime divisor 13 who is a goblin-like creature, supple and lightning-quick in his moves. Or, for that matter, the number 8191 also does not seem to me as a man wearing French gamin with a gauloise cigar ...more

Jun 17, 2011
Shovelmonkey1
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Recommends it for:
number-phobics

Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by:
1001 books list

Apparently maths can be fun. Not something I ever really appreciated as a child. Mostly maths was a lesson in which eye contact was to be avoided, a) to limit the chances of being called upon to make any kind of answer regarding anything even vaguely numeric and b) because the maths teacher was kind of creepily weird. This book is what I'd regard as one of the more unconventional additions to the 1001 books list and I really enjoyed learning about the maths as well as Uncle Petros' life story. B
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Dec 02, 2010
Matthew
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Math lovers, science lovers, knowledge lovers, dreamers

Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture tells the story of a brilliant mathematician obsessed with proving Goldbach's Conjecture (as reformulated by Euler: every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes). Despite the seemingly difficult mathematical subject, the book is a quick and easy read. This is a testament to the clear and simple prose of the author, himself a mathematician by training.

While math is the main focus of the book, an underlying theme is the question of how and why ...more

While math is the main focus of the book, an underlying theme is the question of how and why ...more

Of course, not the least of its pleasures lies in watching a bookshop assistant struggle with their keyboard as you ask "Do you have Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis?"

Yeah.

The end was both a twist and totally ...more

*El tío Petros y la conjetura de Goldbach*sin sentir empatía con Petros Papachristos y con todos los grandes genios de la matemática del siglo XX. No se engañen, no es un libro sobre matemáticas sino sobre los hombres que sufren por ella. Por el hecho de hacer que alguien de Letras, como yo, siguiera leyendo frenéticamente sin importarle las explicaciones de teoremas que me suenan a arameo antiguo, este libro se merece el 5 que le doy.

La narrativa nos sumerge en la belleza de diversos teoremas y conjeturas, pero la historia gira sobre uno de los problemas matemáticos más famosos, antiguos y difíciles de resolver: "La conjetura de Goldbach" (aunque es más correcto llamarla conjetura fuerte de Goldbach), que in ...more

Mathematicus nascitur, non fit: Mathematicians are born, not made My parents would so much agree with the above term.

I had the dubious distinction of getting 8 marks in maths paper in Engineering. Engineering!!!!! Good that i didn't end up building something.

Mathematics the devil incarnate for every Indian kid from 7th std till 12th and beyond if he is an engineer. Which we very well be atleast in ...more

Uncle Petros' life is changed when he decides that his goal will be to solve Goldbach's Conjecture, a mathematical theorem that hasn't been proved.

What does one give up in life when obsessed by one thing?

Un libro che lascia intravedere un mondo parallelo: l'universo matematico, in cui può entrare ...more

The story is indeed very enjoyable. Th ...more

La storia narrata dal nipote affascinato sin da piccolo da questo zio solitario, geniale, distaccato dalle questioni economiche della famiglia, amante degli scacchi, che conduce una vita priva delle comodit considerate indispensabili dalla maggior parte delle persone.

La vita di Petros, persona inventata, si intreccia verosimilment

...moreAccessibile a tutti, anche ai non addetti ai lavori, è insieme il racconto di una famiglia, di una ricerca, di una passione e di una ossessione.

Feb 27, 2010
Valerie
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A few excellent ideas about number theory, set against a background of world war and the University/mathematical detachment from world events. It was interesting that the author acknowledged the use of math in wartime. Often that gets overlooked.

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Apostolos Doxiadis (Greek: Απόστολος Δοξιάδης) was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1953, and grew up in Greece.

Although interested in fiction and the arts from his youngest years, a sudden and totally unexpected love affair with mathematics led him to New York's Columbia University at the age of fifteen. He did graduate work in Applied Mathematics at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, w ...more

More about Apostolos Doxiadis...
Although interested in fiction and the arts from his youngest years, a sudden and totally unexpected love affair with mathematics led him to New York's Columbia University at the age of fifteen. He did graduate work in Applied Mathematics at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, w ...more

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