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Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
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Mar 07, 08

Read in February, 2008

I am surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did, given the fact that mathematics is definitely not my forte. The main character spends nearly his entire life trying to prove Goldbach's Conjecture - a quest which becomes an obsession. I rather liked this passage:

"The amalgam of Truth and Beauty revealed through the understanding of an important theorem cannot be attained through any other human activity, unless it be (I wouldn't know) that of mystical religion. Even if my education was meagre, even if it meant no more than getting my toes wet on the beach of the immense ocean of mathematics, it has marked my life for ever, giving me a small taste of a higher world. Yes, it has made the existence of the Ideal slightly more believable, even tangible." (p. 167)
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