IS098QY3FPublisher’s description of Mathematician’s Shiva

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 also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her 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.

A few comments:

I found this book delightful. It had quirky characters that felt familiar. If you enjoyed Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members, you’ll enjoy this (if you have not read that book DROP EVERYTHING AND READ IT NOW). You will catch yourself with a goofy grin or just laughing out loud at many scenes. There is an authenticity in the depiction of academic life that will ring true. Quick read.

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