Simon

Simon

The Genius in My Basement

Book - 2011
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Alexander Masters tripped over his first book subject on a Cambridge sidewalk, and the result was the multi-award-winning bestseller Stuart: A Life Backwards . His second, he's found under his floorboards.
 
One of the greatest mathematical prodigies of the twentieth century, Simon Norton stomps around Alexander's basement in semidarkness, dodging between stalagmites of bus timetables and engorged plastic bags, eating tinned kippers stirred into packets of Bombay mix. Simon is exploring a theoretical puzzle so complex and critical to our understanding of the universe that it is known as the Monster. It looks like a sudoku table--except a sudoku table has nine columns of numbers.
 
The Monster has 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000 columns.
 
But that's not the whole story. What's inside the decaying sports bag he never lets out of his clutches? Why does he hurtle out of the house in the middle of the night? And--good God!--what is that noxious smell that creeps up the stairwell?
 
Grumpy, poignant, comical--more intimate than either the author or his quarry intended-- Simon: The Genius in My Basement is the story of a friendship and a pursuit.  Part biography, part memoir, and part popular science, it is a study of the frailty of brilliance, the measures of happiness, and Britain's most uncooperative egghead eccentric.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385341080
0385341083
Branch Call Number: 510.92 MASTERS
Characteristics: 360 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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ser_library Jan 27, 2013

entertaining, insightful, hopeful

hgeng63 Nov 25, 2012

Too loose & shaggy for me. And the maths just flew over my head. Thought Masters' Stuart : A Life Backwards was better.

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ErnieK
Aug 22, 2012

Too precious for me, but I believe the proper word is TWEE. "OOH, aren't mathmaticians adorable when they are crazy!"

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