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    DescriptionUncle Petros is a family joke - an ageing recluse in a suburb of Athens, playing chess and gardening. His young nephew soon discovers his uncle was once a celebrated mathematician who staked all on solving the problem of Goldbach's Conjecture.


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    Title
    Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Apostolos Doxiadis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 184 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571205110
    ISBN 10: 0571205119
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC21: 813
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    05 March 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Apostolos Doxiadis was born in Australia in 1953 and grew up in Athens. He was admitted to New York's Columbia University at the age of fifteen after submitting an original paper to the Department of Mathematics, and did postgraduate work at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.$$$Apart from writing, Doxiadis has made films, winning the International Center for Artistic Cinemas (CICAE) prize at the 1988 Berlin International Film Festival for his second feature film, Terirem,. He has directed for the theatre, and his translations include Hamlet and Mourning Becomes Electra.$$$His other novels are A Parallel Life (1985), Macabetas (1988) and The Three Little Men (1997).
    Review text
    If you enjoyed Fermat's Last Theorem, you'll devour this. However, you don't need to be an academic to understand its imaginative exploration of the allure and danger of genius. Old Uncle Petros is a failure. The black sheep of a wealthy Greek family, he lives as a recluse surrounded by dusty books in an Athenian suburb. It takes his talented nephew to penetrate his rich inner world and discover that this broken man was once a mathematical prodigy, a golden youth whose ambition was to solve one of pure maths' most famous unproven hypotheses - Goldbach's Conjecture. Fascinated, the young man sets out to discover what Uncle Petros found - and what he was forced to sacrifice. Himself a mathematician as well as a novelist, Doxiadis succeeds in shining a light into the spectral world of abstract number theory where unimaginable concepts and bizarre realities glitter with a cold, magical and ultimately destructive beauty. (Kirkus UK)