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Kurt Godel's Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna's intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein's dominant philosophy. Alan Turing's mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another: both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

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"Intelligent...compelling.... As Levin alternates between the lives of Turing and Godel, she delivers a convincing, palpably human portrait of solitary genius." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"Her characters and their century come brilliantly...alive."The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Like a lyrical mash-up, Levin interweaves the personal narrative style of her first book with taut prose evocative of Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams." Seed Magazine

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Kurt Gödels Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Viennas intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgensteins dominant philosophy. Alan Turings mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

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Born in Texas and raised in Chicago, Janna Levin is currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Barnard and Columbia universities. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been Scientist-in-Residence at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford and an Advanced Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. Levin is the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots, published in 2003 by Anchor.

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bmacneal, May 4, 2009 (view all comments by bmacneal)
Janna Levin is a gifted writer; her prose reads like poetry. She brings life to the lives of two mathematical giants allowing us a plausible glimpse into their anguish and existential ennui.
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ISBN:
9781400032402
Author:
Levin, Janna
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2007
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.19x.73 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400032402 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Intelligent...compelling.... As Levin alternates between the lives of Turing and Godel, she delivers a convincing, palpably human portrait of solitary genius."
"Review" by , "Her characters and their century come brilliantly...alive."
"Review" by , "Like a lyrical mash-up, Levin interweaves the personal narrative style of her first book with taut prose evocative of Alan Lightman's Einstein's Dreams."
"Synopsis" by , Kurt Gödels Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Viennas intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgensteins dominant philosophy. Alan Turings mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.
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