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This is probably the most unusual novel I have read. It's a mixture of fact and fiction about the most prestigious physicists of the 20th century - from Einstein to Schrodinger. It's not the easiest of reads but the story is fascinating even to a non-scientific person such as myself. It combines difficulty with relatively easy reading.
Interesting work of fiction, written well, and inspired by real people, a la Fargo's fake "based on real events". I was bothered by the treatment of women characters (and their overall absence). Masks a good read, though, and can be inspiring to young scientists.
This must be one of the silliest things I’ve ever read. Sundry scientific figures are lengthily portrayed as raving , wandering beings, tormented by who knows what demented impulses. What on earth prompted such daftness?
How do you draw the line where genius ends and insanity begins? Is it on the warfield where you scribble a solution to warp space-time and don’t see a bomb hurled in your direction? Is it when you’re caught trying to burn a mentor’s work to honour his dying wish to rid the world of his research? Or is it when three months into a mental breakdown, you sit impeccably groomed and ask your brother in a tone as placid as though you’re asking for a spoon of sugar, “I need you to tell me if I’ve lost my mind”?
Much like Schrodinger and the simultaneously half-alive, half-dead cat, this book escapes the confines of a genre, until you pick a particular line to question. A running theme is the coexistence of duality. Life and Death. Genius and Eccentricity. Control and Chaos. And a who’s who of scientific juggernauts who occupy the spectrum within - Fritz, Einstein, Schwarzschild, de Broglie, Grothendieck, Schrodinger, Heisenberg. Would gladly recommend this book.
This books combined physics, history, 20th century, our perception of reality and all the questions in a great flow of text and ideas that spring something new and wonderful in every chapter. A brilliant achievement and an author I'm now going to follow. A much rewarding inclusion in the shortlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize