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September Books 8) Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture

8) Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, by Apostolos Doxiadis

Nice little story, of the eccentric uncle who has wasted his life on proving Goldbach's conjecture; but the plot, such as it is, is pretty cliched and the author misses numerous chances to illuminate the background of Greece through the twentieth century (not to mention the other places where the novel is set - Cambridge, Berlin, Princeton). No doubt it has done well among the maths students types.
Tags: bookblog 2005, mathematics
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