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In Arthur Feldman's book, "The Mathematicians," readers are captivated by a mesmerizing tale, showcasing the brilliant minds and unique struggles of a group of mathematicians. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the novel delves deep into the lives of these characters, exploring their pursuit of knowledge, their personal relationships, and the profound impact they leave on the world.

One of the remarkable strengths of this book lies in Feldman's ability to weave a rich tapestry of narratives, seamlessly blending fact and fiction. Through his extensive research, the author introduces real-life mathematicians, as well as fictional characters, with such conviction that it becomes challenging to differentiate between them. This skillful conflation lends an authentic and immersive quality to the story, making it both highly educational and compelling.

Furthermore, the characters themselves are meticulously crafted, each possessing their own distinct quirks, motives, and insecurities. As readers dive into each mathematician's psyche, they become engrossed in their struggles with societal expectations, academic rivalries, and personal relationships. This intricate exploration of the human condition evokes empathy and fosters a deep connection between the reader and the characters.

Feldman's prose is a true embodiment of the mathematical precision he writes about. His writing style is eloquent, yet accessible, allowing readers to effortlessly navigate the complexities of mathematical theories and concepts. This thoughtful balance makes the book not only enjoyable for mathematics enthusiasts but also for those with a limited understanding of the subject. Feldman's ability to make complex ideas comprehensible to all is a testament to his profound writing prowess.

In terms of pacing, "The Mathematicians" strikes a harmonious balance between the gradual unfolding of the characters' lives and the advancement of mathematical discoveries. The author expertly transitions between personal arcs and key milestones in the field, ensuring that readers remain equally invested in both aspects of the narrative. This balanced approach keeps the story engaging and makes it difficult to put the book down.

While the book excels in many areas, there are moments when the plot feels slightly disjointed, and certain transitions could have been smoother. However, these minor qualms do not detract significantly from the overall experience and the captivating storytelling within.

"The Mathematicians" is a profound and thought-provoking novel that effortlessly merges history, mathematics, and human emotions. Arthur Feldman's meticulous attention to detail, skillful characterization, and engaging prose make this book an absolute delight to read. Whether you are an ardent mathematics lover or simply enjoy a beautifully crafted tale, this book will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact, prompting readers to reflect on the importance of human connection and the power of knowledge.

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We gave this story to a very competent, and very pretty gal artist. We said, "Read this carefully, dream on it, and come up with an illustration." A week later, she returned with the finished drawing. "The hero," she said. We did a double take. "Hey! That's not the hero." She looked us straight in the eye. "Can you prove it?" She had us. We couldn't, and she left hurriedly to go home and cook dinner for her family. And what were they having? Frog legs what else?

They were in the garden. "Now, Zoe," said Zenia Hawkins to her nine year old daughter, "quit fluttering around, and papa will tell you a story."

Zoe settled down in the hammock. "A true story, papa?"

"It all happened exactly like I'm going to tell you," said Drake Hawkins, pinching Zoe's rosy cheek. "Now: two thousand and eleven years ago in 1985, figuring by the earthly calendar of that time, a tribe of beings from the Dog star Sirius invaded the earth."

"And what did these beings look like, father?"

"Like humans in many, many respects. They each had two arms, two legs and all the other organs that humans are endowed with."

"Wasn't there any difference at all between the Star beings and the humans, papa?"

"There was. The newcomers, each and all, had a pair of wings covered with green feathers growing from their shoulders, and long, purple tails... Continue reading book >>

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