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"A Certain Ambiguity is an amazing narrative that glows with a vivid sense of the beauty and wonder of mathematics. The narrator is deeply troubled by the ancient question of whether the objects and theorems of mathematics have a reality independent of human minds. Mixing fiction with nonfiction, A Certain Ambiguity is a veritable history of mathematics disguised as a novel. Starting with the Pythagorean theorem, it moves through number theory and geometry to Cantor's alephs, non-Euclidean geometry, Gödel, and even relativity."--Martin Gardner
"This is a truly captivating thriller that will take you on a whirlwind tour to infinity--and beyond. But be warned: once you start reading, you won't be able to put it aside until finished! A masterly-told story that weaves together criminal law, ancient and modern history, a young man's quest to know his deceased grandfather-and some highly intriguing mathematics."--Eli Maor, author of e: the Story of a Number and The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History
"This rich and engaging novel follows the path that leads one young person to become a professional mathematician. By deftly blending the young man's story with mathematical ideas and historical developments in the subject, the authors succeed brilliantly in taking the reader on a tour of some of the major highlights in the philosophy of mathematics. If that were not enough, the book also examines, through the minds of its characters, the natures of faith (religious and other) and truth. I am strongly thinking of building a university non-majors math course around this novel."--Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Math Gene
"A Certain Ambiguity is a remarkably good effort to work through some fundamental issues in the philosophy of mathematics in the context of a novel. Crucial to the success of such a venture is creating characters and a plot that are strong enough to hold a reader's interest. Suri and Bal succeed particularly well in the story of Vijay Sahni and Judge Taylor. This well-written book will, I believe, find readers not only among mathematicians, but in a wider audience that is intrigued by mathematical meaning."--Joan Richards, Brown University
"Suri and Bal convey the beauty and elegance--as well as the fascination--of basic mathematical concepts."--Alexander Paseau, University of Oxford--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent book that reminded me of why I love mathematics. Great for mathematicians and students alike.Published 11 months ago by solasdeom
i liked the idea of writing maths into a novel. the book makes you think and has provided foor for thought altough a lot of the maths included i already knew. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pere Anton
While a little thin on plot and character development, this book still works as a vessel for communicating the author's love of the field of mathematics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andrew J. Valencia
This book was a wonderful story as well as teaching aid that illustrates how powerful mathematics & personal faith are and can truly intertwine to bring people of different... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Stana
The story is absorbing and keeps the interest but the mathematics becomes overwhelming even though I did maths at high school.Published on February 26, 2013 by Donald Faithfull
Its like being back to college studing the maths degree and at the same time reading a Jostein Gaarder novel trying to find the meaning of life. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by atobalina
I am a very science oriented reader and enjoy immensely when novels contain facts. This one is a fantastic story that handles marvelously mathematics and a coherent plot. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Alex Porras