Mathematicians in Love
Bela and Paul, two wild young mathematicians, are friends and roommates, and both are in love with Alma, Bela’s girlfriend. They fight it out by changing reality using cutting-edge math. The contemporary world they live in is not quite this o...more
Bela's more than a little upset and uses the new math theory to travel to parallel universes to win back Alma....more
The love story, which is supposedly the whole reason these math graduates are traveling through parallel dimensions, falls flat. The woman the protagonist is in l...more
Anyone who kno...more
Rudy Rucker, formerly a professor of mathematics and computer science, has traveled both into the past and into the future in novels including As Above, So Below (2002) and Frek and the Elixir (2004). Mathematicians, whichtakes place in a contemporary Berkeley-ish setting, offers a "transrealist" and satirical look into academic competition, modern culture, and love. Although the speculative math and science will please knowledgeable fans of those subjects, there's nothing too technical that a l...more
Too much setup for how we could all obviously gleam this was going to end up. I think the author must be addicted to Guitar Hero because the whole band subplot seemed very overworked and handy more than necessary.
The dialogue is priceless. "I love you." "I'm glad." So true.
The author is great at showing how college relationships evolve and dissolve at...more
In 1997 or so, the NY Times reported on some experiments that indicated that implied that we don't really have free will. It was mostly about how it appears that our brains are reactionary to stimulus and that our conscience thought is a "story"...more
So the romantic comedy aspects of the book are lacking, but the sci-fi is pretty fun. Lots of alternative worlds and mathemat...more
fond memories of fess prior to his demise include drunken ramblings regarding “abstract mathematics”. the professor did not hold the same view on abstraction as core mathematicians. core math removes the ties to physical objects thus breaking out into pure theory and crossing sta...more
It turned out to be a different book than I'd expected. I get the impression this may be due to a lack of familiarity with Rudy Rucker's work. I had hoped it would be a more serious scifi novel instead of something closer to a novel by Christopher Moore (whom I love, but I go in expecting that kind of story).
There were some thinly veiled critiques of the Bush Administration as well as the Democratic party. Nothing really insightful, but okay.
The thing th...more
In my eyes Rudy Rucker rarely fails me as a writer. I have yet to encounter a book he has written that was something I had to put down. That being said I am also not a book snob. It's great when a writer captures my attention and I am able to read a book cover to cover with out distractions. I am one of those peoples that reads several books at a time. This book took most of...more
This book fell far short of my expectations. It shifted tone and style so many times that it became incoherent in the middle and barely corrected in time for the ending. The story devolves from a cheesy almost-romance into a religious acid trip into a political-SF-action-thriller that's completely non-credible.
Having a mathematician as a friend made me reach for this book. I'm afraid the huge technical jargon was lost on me. I glossed it over.
Not a bad story, but not sure i'd actually recommend it.
Perhaps because of that I found it totally disappointing me. The back cover makes it appear so cool.
I am not saying it is a bad story. It is a nice one. But the characters make no sense. I am friends with lots of mathematicians. None of them say "dog" constantly. Some of them do play in bands, nevertheless.
Anyway, the parts in which "math" happens are cool. The parts about drugs, sex and behaviours I'd not associate in any way with DPhil mathematicians are...more