➼ The Genius in my Basement Free ➲ Author Alexander Masters – Tanitiyor.us

➼ The Genius in my Basement Free ➲ Author Alexander Masters – Tanitiyor.us
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • The Genius in my Basement
  • Alexander Masters
  • English
  • 02 April 2018
  • 9780385341080

The Genius in my BasementAlexander Masters Tripped Over His First Book Subject On A Cambridge Sidewalk, And The Result Was The Multi Award Winning Bestseller Stuart A Life Backwards His Second, He S Found Under His Floorboards One Of The Greatest Mathematical Prodigies Of The Twentieth Century, Simon Norton Stomps Around Alexander S Basement In Semidarkness, Dodging Between Stalagmites Of Bus Timetables And Engorged Plastic Bags, Eating Tinned Kippers Stirred Into Packets Of Bombay Mix Simon Is Exploring A Theoretical Puzzle So Complex And Critical To Our Understanding Of The Universe That It Is Known As The Monster It Looks Like A Sudoku Table Except A Sudoku Table Has Nine Columns Of Numbers The Monster Has 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000 Columns But That S Not The Whole Story What S Inside The Decaying Sports Bag He Never Lets Out Of His Clutches Why Does He Hurtle Out Of The House In The Middle Of The Night And Good God What Is That Noxious Smell That Creeps Up The Stairwell Grumpy, Poignant, Comical Intimate Than Either The Author Or His Quarry Intended Simon The Genius In My Basement Is The Story Of A Friendship And A Pursuit Part Biography, Part Memoir, And Part Popular Science, It Is A Study Of The Frailty Of Brilliance, The Measures Of Happiness, And Britain S Most Uncooperative Egghead Eccentric.

Alexander Masters is an author and screenwriter He is the son of authors

10 thoughts on “The Genius in my Basement

  1. says:

    Rather eccentric symmetry operations on triangles and squares are illustrated by giving the shapes arms and legs and front backs some of Simon s speech grunts are transcribed using new symbols the book has a very random structure Simon s critique of the book is interspersed directly in the text biography of Simon Norton an eccentric he lives off family money in the basement of a four story house in which the author is the tenant he eats only tinned mackerel, instant rice and Bombay mix, he campaigns against bus route closures and travels the country to research routes mathematician once a childhood genius and then leading group theory expert but now seemingly relegated to mathematical backwaters researching a huge group the monster in ways which the rest of the mathematical world has abandoned as unfruitf...

  2. says:

    A biography of the brilliant mathematician Simon Norton, whose was a maths prodigy and the most promising mathematician of his generation Norton was educated at Ashdown and Eton and excelled in the Maths Olympiad where he achieved perfect scores After getting a first class honours degree whilst still at Eton, he went up to Cambridge where he took a PhD and worked on his special area of interest, Group Theory Norton s world fell apart when he made a mistake in a calculation and a research colleague with whom he had worked closely went to work in America His exceptional early potential has not been fully realised, and Group Theory is no longer a trendy area of interest in maths research circles Norton s eccentric, slovenly and chaotic world is now centred on campaigns for maintaining and improving public transport, but he continues to work on Group theory, on what seems to be a leisurely basis having a wealthy family background means that Norton has no need to work.This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in maths and mathematicians, but Norton now aged 58 cannot have been an easy subject he is pleasant but evasive and factual details about his life and work have been provided by family members and former colleagues He communicates in a series of grunts punctuated by a few words here and there, has no close friends and is described as asexual We never really get to see how his mind works, and he cannot explain his most...

  3. says:

    Simon Norton and Alexander Masters share a house That is to say, Alexander is one of Norton s two renters Simon was a child prodigy, a genius, some say, who scored a 178 on his IQ test as a small child He is best know for his work in symmetry and finite mathematics at Cambridge when he is not obsessing over public transportation and downing kippers a la Norton in the recesses of the Excavation, or rather the basement, where he dwells knee deep in plastic bags of papers, timetables, and stacks of miscellaneous relics of his past Masters uses silly, at times ridiculous bloomers and bare bottoms illustrations to explain the basics of mathematical symmetry, Norton s Monster Group mathematics, and to explain the eccentric behavior of Norton himself I don t think a critical review has been written of Masters writing than the ongoing critique that Simon provides of Masters skills throughout the story itself, often times calling him out on inaccuracies, misinterpretations and general lack of writing skill One fact to get right and you get it wrong in four different ways, says Simon It left me wondering why, at first, Norton allowed Masters to write a biography about him at all But later it becomes very clear that Masters made a promi...

  4. says:

    I had several problems with this book, which are perhaps best summed up by the eponymous man himself, who worked in close collaboration with the author the author has been shallow, unreliable, obsessed with irrelevant things, obsessed with describing grime, obsessed with comic sounding bus stop names, a disaster for facts , a consistent betrayer of biographical honour When I first picked this book up I actually thought it was fiction, but soon realised that the Simon of the title is not only a real person, but also one who is very much still alive His life story is as with pretty much anybody s life story fascinating, and yet the author has chosen to take this golden opportunity to explore and present it and turn it into this rambling, confused, disjointed attempt at a comic novel.This book is a victim of the author s self indulgent style and has clearly suffered from the lack of a good editor In spite of even Simon himself making numerous valid points and objections to the style and content, instead of heeding them the author decided to stick to his original work and merely include several examples of correspondence from Simon in order to mock him from it.As an example of the clunking style, three chapters disjointedly ramble on about Simon s genealogy when one page of succinct writing could have contained the same information and been readable The author also spends much time sounding out his own hypotheses on the nature of Simon s genius and why he dec...

  5. says:

    Quirky biography about an eccentric mathematician and transit activist in Cambridge, England Simon Norton was a math prodigy e.g., taking first place in the international Math Olympiad three years in a row and picking up a degree from London University as he finished Eton The author got to know him by renting a flat in his house, where he chose to live in two humble some might say squalid rooms in the basement Simon is now in his 60s, too old to be a prodigy, but still doing math, as well as traveling around the UK on buses and trains and advocating for transit Masters s style is chatty and self reflective pondering the challenges of writing a biography as he writes a biography of Simon He also includes messages from Simon, as Simon reviews his drafts It wasn t this bus route, it was that one be accurate Don t refer to the basement rooms as a flat it might make trouble with the Cambridge housing inspectors Masters also illustrates the biography with cartoons and snapshots He offers some very basic lessons in group theory illustrated by squares and triangles with feet and arms so we readers who are not...

  6. says:

    I m not entirely sure where to file this book It s not a biography, exactly, it seems to lie somewhere between a scrapbook and a series of letters from another country called Simon Norton.I enjoyed the delightful, cartoonish illustrations, loved the often terse communications between the subject and the author I even enjoyed the attempts to put Simon s mathematical thinking into layman s terms mostly lost on me, I m very sad to admit Simon sounds a charming character, with his marathon bus trips, his obsession with public transport My only reservation is that The Genius in my Basement seemed to determined to stay resolutely on the surface of its subject the untidy flat, the odd diet, the quirks and eccentricities, I would have liked to have gone deeper into what makes a man like Simon Norton function, his mathematical thinking and work routine the work, especially we hear a great deal about what Simon did, but nothing like enough about what he does Simon adamantly rejects claims he s lost any of his genius, he s still thinking, still working I would have liked to have read about that.But perhaps that wasn t the intention It is called The Genius in my Basement , after all, it s an account of Alexander Master s thoughts and feelings about his friend Simon, a largely imperceptible, hard to grasp, probably even harder to capture in words...

  7. says:

    This isn t an easy book to like mainly because of the irritating writing style It s very self referential and tries too hard to be funny and witty The subject is an eccentric ex math genius, and the book sets itself out to discover when the genius left, and if it matters While discussing it at the book group, Jane mentioned that it was also exploitative, as the subject obviously didn t want to be written about, and it was an invasion of his privacy, which I think is true Apart from having his apartment tidied, and his hair cut, I don t know what the subject gained and that trite narrative device seemed as insulting to the maths genius, as the contributors of any make over tv show are patronised.However, I enjoyed some of the book Mainly it s attempts to explain group theory and other mathema...

  8. says:

    I ve loved Alexander Masters other books so I ve been looking forward to this one for a while it doesn t disappoint it s a biography about Simon Norton, a maths professor who, as the title suggests, lives on the lower ground floor but owns the building rents the upper half to the author I like the quirky style, Simon is as intriguing as he is unique it s an insight into how logic needs imagination playful curiosity to become genius We re introduced early on to the frankly disgusting basement where Simon lives, if lives is the right word Buried in his own private space, lots of his own rubbish his own peculiar talent mathematical pursuits, Simon is clearly one of a kind but this is not your typical study of the socially inept intellectual who s genius was nurtured at the expense of any social development Simon s not mentally ill, or traumatised he had a very happy childhood, at home at least or otherwise flawed yes, he lives in his own little actually quite big world, with fixed ways of doing things little or no social awarenesses but he s just unique, knows what he knows, gets on with it doesn t really pay attention to other people s concerns The author gets to know his subject by helping him tidy clean the disorganised dirty dangerous parts of the basement accompanies him on his beloved public transport system on trains busses for new adventures to ...

  9. says:

    This book is very frustrating Part of me wants to say I loved it part of me wants to give Alexander Masters a stern dressing down.Stylistically, it s brilliant, in a gimmicky sort of way There are lots of squiggles, doodles and idiosyncrasies that won t appeal to everyone, but do appeal to me The prose is crackling, energetic, concise a rollicking read And as a mathematician by training, Alexander Masters explains Group Theory really well Unfortunately, he s not a very charitable biographer.As I progressed further and further through the book, I wondered whether Masters was ever going to cut his subject Simon Norton, a child prodigy turned Cambridge mathematician turned transport campaigner who worked with John Conway on Group Theory in the 1970s and 80s any slack But he doesn t Instead, he spends much of the book attempting to stereotype Simon as a classic failed genius, driven to a life of underachievement through a terrible combination of talent and boredom In doing this, Masters doesn t take Simon seriously Simon s messianic zeal as a transport campaigner is dismissed as the chuntering of an obsessive, which perhaps it is but there s no chance to hear Simon s side of the story, with the parts of the book that do deal with public transport taken up with Simon s erratic behaviour on journeys to obscure parts...

  10. says:

    A fascinating study of a brilliant mind, reluctant to be the subject of a biography Masters has a knack of explaining the incomprehensible to most people, including Masters mathematics, which goes a long way to help define the genius of Simon Norton, ...

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