The Mathematician's Shiva

The Mathematician's Shiva

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A comic, bittersweet tale of family evocative of The Yiddish Policemen's Union and Everything Is Illuminated Alexander 'Sasha' Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize Problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha's chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution--even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela's notes. Written by a trained geophysicist, this hilarious and multi-layered debut novel brims with colorful characters and brilliantly captures humanity's drive not just to survive, but to solve the impossible."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9780143126317
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 21 cm


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Nov 23, 2016

Just an okay book. Story jumped from present time to past life stories. Had a hard time keeping track of "who was who", maybe because I did not read the book in a timely manner. Hoped to like the book more than I did.

wordbaker Nov 08, 2014

This is the best book I've read in a long time! I absolutely loved it. Good story telling and interesting subject. Just great!


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