The Thread

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Januar 1983



I. Tschebyscheff.- A book is born and a severe criticism is levelled at it. The famous Russian mathematician Tschebyscheff is introduced.-
II. Cyril.- In which the author speculates on why it is hard to transliterate Russian words. His position on transliteration is made clear.-
III. Watt.- How Watt's steam engine led to the discovery of a great mathematical theory, and how theory and practice are often miles apart.-
IV. Lipkin.- How a brilliant young man from Lithuania was scooped by a captain in the French army. The author finds a startling connection between the young man and himself..-
V. Pafnuty.- In which the author is struck by a strange mania, leading him first to the Nicean Creed and later to Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall fame.-
VI. Theodora.- How a cucumber slicer fanned the flames of the author's mania, and he received a letter from the banks of the Nile at Aswan.-
VII. Paphnutius.- Of the Desert Fathers, including a hippopotamus story and stories about Paphnutius, the Holy Man of God.-
VIII. Thäis.- In which the author speculates on the dialectical union of opposites, and how, in his mad pursuit, he is led to Hrotsvitha and to Oscar Wilde.-
IX. Cadbury.- Always on Quest, the author travels to Tasmania. He eats custard at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, only to get his spelling criticized.-
X. Yeti.- Airborne across the Eastern skies, the author, like jesting Pilate, wonders what truth is. He recalls several instances in which it is hard to know the truth.-
XI. Lama Ted.- An incident in Rhode Island, involving prayer flags dropped from the Mount Hope Bridge, shows how the truth is elusive.-
XII. Nadra.- In which the author meets an exilarch, encounters a wraparound motorcyclist, and spends the night in the Princess Room.-
XIII. Herod.- The author, with head covered, stands at The Wailing Wall next to a black priest in a Roman collar. He ponders the nature of symbols.-
XIV. Babnuda.- At Abu Nussar's Nite Club, the author finds the Rock Bottom Resolution of his problem.-
XV. The Man on the Moon.- How Tschebyscheff got to the moon. Loose threads for future tales.- Epilogue.
EAN: 9780817630973
ISBN: 081763097X
Untertitel: A Mathematical Yarn. Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1983. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Birkhäuser
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 1983
Seitenanzahl: 144 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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