I loved this smart, funny, big-hearted novel. As hilarious and wise as early Philip Roth, The Mathematician's Shiva will delight and move you.

— Steven Strogatz

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When you create something new, you're breaking tradition - which is an act of defiance.

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Looking at numbers as groups of rocks may seem unusual, but actually it's as old as math itself. The word "calculate" reflects that legacy - it comes from the Latin word calculus, meaning a pebble used for counting. To enjoy working with numbers you don't have to be Einstein (German for "one stone"), but it might help to have rocks in your head.

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Change is most sluggish at the extremes precisely because the derivative is zero there.

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In mathematics, our freedom lies in the questions we ask — and in how we pursue them — but not in the answers awaiting us.

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It's a deep tendency toward order in nature that opposes what we've all been taught about entropy. I'm not saying the law of entropy is wrong - it's not. But there is a countervailing force in the universe - the tendency towards spontaneous order.

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For some reason we take pleasure in synchronizing.

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When you love a problem, its contours, obstacles and resistances are all just part of its character.

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One of the pleasures of looking at the world through mathematical eyes is that you can see certain patterns that would otherwise be hidden.

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The frequencies of the notes in a scale—do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do—sound to us like they’re rising in equal steps. But objectively their vibrational frequencies are rising by equal multiples. We perceive pitch logarithmically.

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Logic leaves us no choice. In that sense, math always involves both invention and discovery: we invent the concepts but discover their consequences. … in mathematics our freedom lies in the questions we ask – and in how we pursue them – but not in the answers awaiting us.

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