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  • The Mathematician ' s Shiva

    This is the story of a woman mathematician of global renown, who is Russian born but whose mature years are spent at the University of Wisconsin. She dies of cancer, and her son, the narrator, desires nothing more than to sit Shiva with his family - traditional Jewish mourning lasting a week. But his mother's prominence results in the intrusions of prominent mathematicians from around the world, and from her past. They believe she has left significant unpublished work behind, and are as concerned about discovering her papers as they are mourning her loss. But what I found most interesting about this novel was its back story - her survival in a Soviet work camp above the Arctic Circle; describing the mentality of a mathematician ' s mind; the falling away and coming together of family.

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