A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri

By Gaurav Suri

While taking a category on infinity at Stanford within the past due Nineteen Eighties, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he's confronting an identical mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had confronted many many years earlier--and that had landed him in detention center. Charged lower than an vague blasphemy legislations in a small New Jersey city in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged via a skeptical pass judgement on to guard his trust that the knowledge of arithmetic will be prolonged to all human knowledge--including faith. jointly, the 2 males become aware of the power--and the fallibility--of what has lengthy been thought of the top of human walk in the park, Euclidean geometry.

As grandfather and grandson fight with the query of even if there can ever be absolute sure bet in arithmetic or existence, they're compelled to re-examine their basic ideals and offerings. Their tales hinge on their explorations of parallel advancements within the learn of geometry and infinity--and the math all through is as rigorous and engaging because the narrative and characters are compelling and intricate. relocating and enlightening, a undeniable Ambiguity is a narrative approximately what it skill to stand the extent--and the limits--of human knowledge.

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42 02Suri_ch02 32-62 4/20/07 4:07 PM Page 43 “I don’t know any idea that you can be absolutely certain about,” I said, digging deep to give words to what I really felt. “Life is too . . complicated. Truth seems to stem from personal circumstances,” was what I came up with. “But people have certainty about many things,” he countered. “I know people who are certain that God exists. And for them this is an absolute truth—independent of all context. Others are certain that human life has meaning and purpose.

01Suri_ch01 1-31 4/20/07 4:06 PM Page 19 of your mind, for it will allow us to make progress and build an amazing structure to deeply understand the nature of infinity. It is a structure that still gives me goose bumps,” said Nico without any air of pretense that I could detect. “We’ll get to Cantor in due time. I put the definition up front because it seems odd to begin a class about infinity without defining it. ” “The first Greek we’ll meet is an odd bird by the name of Zeno, sometimes known as Zeno of Elea.

01Suri_ch01 1-31 4/20/07 4:06 PM Page 19 of your mind, for it will allow us to make progress and build an amazing structure to deeply understand the nature of infinity. It is a structure that still gives me goose bumps,” said Nico without any air of pretense that I could detect. “We’ll get to Cantor in due time. I put the definition up front because it seems odd to begin a class about infinity without defining it. ” “The first Greek we’ll meet is an odd bird by the name of Zeno, sometimes known as Zeno of Elea.

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