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The Mathematician's Shiva

 
 
Author
Stuart Rojstaczer.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.3 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780143126317
Pages/Publication Date 367/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73791
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(Winner of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction) Even though she may have been the greatest female mathematician in history, Sasha Karnokovitch just wants to mourn his mother Rachela in peace. But during the week he and his family sit shiva over her, a gaggle of mathematicians—rivals as well as friends—descends on their Wisconsin home, seeking some shred of proof behind the rumor that the notoriously eccentric Polish émigré solved the Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem, and then spitefully took the secret to her grave. As Sasha comes to terms with his mother's outsized influence, and with his own errant path, Stuart Rojstaczer also takes us back to the windswept beach on the Barents Sea where a young Rachela had her first mathematical breakthrough.

"You can never really complain about a book being too alive, too curious, too alert, too true to itself.... The novel works for the same reason the humor does: It is smart and brutally honest."—NYTBR

"[The author] obviously knows a thing or two about the insular world of academia, as well as the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up in an immigrant Jewish family. The result is an engaging novel that resonates emotionally while providing a math lesson or two along the way."—Jewish News

 
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