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We love this book: Who killed Professor X?

Ημερομηνια: 01-02-2018

Are there really murderers who don’t make mistakes? Can anyone commit the perfect crime? Who, finally, killed Professor X? Will the truth be discovered?

Mathematics as detective thriller! A perfect book from Thodoris Andriopoulos, illustrated by Thanasis Gkiokas and Ellinoekdotiki.

The author and mathematician Thodoris Andriopoulos write for his book:

“The book aimed at two kinds of readers” those who have some knowledge of mathematics, and those who have no knowledge of mathematics! It is a work of fiction based on actual incidents, and its heroes are people who left their mark on the history of mathematics. It takes place in Paris 1900 and is the story of a murder for which the greatest mathematicians of all time are considered suspects. Each suspect’s statement to the police leads to a mathematical problem. The first category of readers can try to solve the problems and determine whether or not each suspect has a valid alibi (a knowledge of secondary school mathematics should suffice), whereas the second can simply skip this step. Either way, all readers will be able to follow the story.

All are invited to roam the streets of Paris and stroll by the Seine, encountering people who have dedicated their lives to an idea, or who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to prove the value of their work, eccentric or arrogant characters, some bound by religious prejudices, chauvinists who slipped and fell on the wrong side of history, and a 19-year-old who tamed fifth degree equations but cannot be crossed; they will search for gold and find a number, come face to face with mathematical paradoxes; and finally discover what well-known figure lies behind the unknown X.

Against the backdrop of Paris of Belle Epoque, the all-time greats of mathematical travel in time and reveal their characters, their passions, and their weaknesses in plot that combines reality, fantasy, and, of course, mathematics. ”

Read more about this book here.