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D'Alembert's Principle by Andrew Crumey
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Ever so slightly disappointing follow-up to 'Pfitz', who returns in the third of the 'panels', 'Tales from Rreinnstadt'. Panel one is a memoir of foundling mathematician D'Alembert, a collaberator of Diderot on the famous Encyclopedia, who proposed a ...more
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“By art alone we can get out of ourselves, find out what another person sees of this universe which is not the same as ours... Thanks to art, instead of seeing only one world, we see it multiplied, and we have as many different worlds at our disposition as there are original artists.”
Marcel Proust
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Thinks . . . by David Lodge
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The Unburied by Charles Palliser
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Dryer-than-dust convoluted tale of intrigue and murder in the fictional cathedral town of Thurchester. Actually there are three of four murders set in three different time periods which makes it difficult to keep track of who's who and where's where. ...more
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The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
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As 'Sophie's World' is to philosophy so is this to mathematics, and the relative popularity of these two subjects is perhaps the reason for the disparity in fame between the two works. Deserves to be better known.
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Castorp by Paweł Huelle
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The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers
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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver
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Franz Kafka
“Hold fast! then you too will see the unchangeable dark distance, out of which nothing can come except one day the chariot; it rolls up, gets bigger and bigger, fills the whole world at the moment it reaches you - and you sink into it like a child sinking into the upholstery of a carriage that drives through the storm and night.”
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“My love for imaginary objects and my facility in lending myself to them ended by disillusioning me with everything around me, and determined that love of solitude which I have retained ever since that time.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Confessions

Robert M. Pirsig
“A person who sees Quality and feels it as he works is a person who cares. A person who cares about what he sees and does is a person who's bound to have some characteristics of Quality”
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Marcel Proust
“By art alone we can get out of ourselves, find out what another person sees of this universe which is not the same as ours... Thanks to art, instead of seeing only one world, we see it multiplied, and we have as many different worlds at our disposition as there are original artists.”
Marcel Proust

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