Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (Hardcover)
Bloomsbury USA, 9781582340678, 208pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2000
In the tradition of "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 historical figures-among them G.H. Hardy, the self-taught Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, and a young Kurt Godel-Petros works furiously to prove the notoriously difficult conjecture. Decades later, his ambitious young nephew drives the defeated mathematician back into the hunt to prove Goldbach's Conjecture. . . but at the cost of the old man's sanity, and perhaps even his life.
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Praise For Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture…
"A mathematical conjecture unsolved for two centuries; a mathematical genius uncle driven mad trying to solve it; an ambiguous relation with a mathematically-minded nephew; and acute human observation all come together in Uncle Petros to make a very funny, tender, charming and, to my mind, irresistible novel." --Oliver Sacks, M.D.
"The most dramatic book I've read all year, with ambition, betrayal and greedy self-sacrifice to rival anything you'd find in an opera." --Newsday
"A fascinating, captivating, intellectual joy ride..." --Miami Herald