CRS Book Group—The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
Jul 01 , 2020/Category

Book Group gathers the first Thursday of each month to discuss books (or plays or poetry) written by a Jewish author or that have a Jewish theme. See a book that interests you, read it, and join us for the discussion. Come when you’d like, skip as you choose.

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June’s book is The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar, Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor has it that she spitefully took the solution to the grave. To Sasha’s chagrin, a ragtag group of socially-challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution, even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes. As The New York Times Book Review said, “You can never really complain about a book being too alive, too curious, too alert, too true to itself….The novel works for the same reason the humor does: It is smart and brutally honest.”

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