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Although Uncle Petros remained expressionless, I noticed a slight tremor run down his hand.' Who's spoken to you about Goldbach's Conjecture?' he asked. A key plot point to Goldbach's Conjecture is Uncle Petros' deceit in giving his nephew the Sisyphean-task of solving Goldbach's theorem in order to prove his. As their titles suggest, these two novels are about mathematics—or, to be more precise, they are about mathematicians. Neither book makes any serious attempt .
In so doing, Petros throws away what had been all set to be a successful career in academic mathematics.
But who among us cannot at least appreciate the rationale Uncle Petros provides his nephew: But why did Uncle Petros eventually give up altogether, and why did he try to persuade his talented young nephew not to pursue mathematics? Was it, as the nephew surmises, that he developed a technique that might lead to a solution, but lacked the courage to put his entire life's work on the line and follow his idea through to the end?
Would the nephew's interest prompt Uncle Petros to having one last try? And if it did, what would be the outcome. The pace picks up exponentially as the novel approaches its climactic end. It's a fun read. To quote directly from the cover of Nicolaus Copernicus's classic De revolutionibus see the March edition of Devlin's Angle, elsewhere on this website my advice is to "buy, read, and enjoy.
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Apostolos Doxiadis. Publication Date: On one occasion, having made the decision to seek an answer to the mystery of Uncle Petros, I asked to use the bathroom; I was hoping I would get a chance to examine the inside of the house. To my great disappointment, however, our host indicated a small outhouse attached to the tool-shed. The next year by that time I was fourteen the weather came in aid of my curiosity.
A summer storm forced my uncle to open the French windows and lead us into a space that had obviously been intended by the architect to serve as a living room.
Equally obviously, however, the owner did not use it to receive guests. Although it did contain a couch, it was totally inappropriately positioned facing a blank wall. Chairs were brought in from the garden and placed in a semi-circle, where we sat like the mourners at a provincial wake.
I made a hasty reconnaissance, with quick glances all around. The only pieces of furniture apparently put to daily use were a deep, shabby armchair by the fireplace with a small table at its side; on it was a chessboard with the pieces set out as for a game in progress.
Next to the table, on the floor, was a large pile of chess books and periodicals. This, then, was where Uncle Petros sat every night. The studies mentioned by my mother must have been studies of chess. But were they?
The main feature of the room we sat in — what made it so different from the living room in our house — was the overwhelming presence of books, countless books everywhere. Not only were all the visible walls of the room, corridor and entrance hall dressed from floor to ceiling with shelves crammed to overflowing, but books in tall piles covered most of the floor area as well.
Most of them looked old and overused. At first, I chose the most direct route to answering my question about their content: My rational mind overcame cabbalistic fantasies: As if it was the breach in savoir-vivre that had bothered him!
I remember compulsively drawing doodles combining mathematical and chess symbols in my notebooks during school classes. Maths and chess: Surely, these two fields of interest or was it more than mere interest? As things turned out, I did not have to resort to crime to satisfy my curiosity. The answer I was seeking came and hit me, so to speak, over the head. May I speak to the Professor please?
Unthinking at first, I corrected the caller: There is no professor here. I had a sudden flash of inspiration. The receiver nearly dropped from my hand.
However, I suppressed my excitement, lest this windfall opportunity go to waste. I had left the poor man no options. On behalf of the Hellenic Mathematical Society, we would like to send him an invitation. The next few days I played sick so as to be at home at the usual time of mail delivery. On the third day after the phone-call I had the precious envelope in my hand.
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