- File Size: 587 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Publication Date: March 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U618LM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Mathematician's Year in Japan Kindle Edition
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Before actually reading it I expected to see travel relation from Japan along some popular presentations of certain foundational topics in mathematics (that are the main subject of the author's research) that the author was investigating during his stay - this can be either a disappointment or a pleasant surprise to you, but there is no much mathematics inside the book.
Instead of that, however, we obtain a fascinating description of everything that a visting researcher or a visting student might experience in foreign country during a longer stay - together with interesting observations on Japanese nature, culture and society.
As I have been recently a visting scholar in a foreign country myself, I must say that I find the author's relation very accurate. This is exactly (for me personally - modulo a nonneglibile difference between countries that we have vistied) what you experience if you go abroad to do scientific research and have to cope with all the circumstances, beginning with hilarious petty apprehensions that one has just before the trip ("what will I eat?" - that's the first question that author mentions he had had before the departure, and exactly the same question I asked myself before my stay!), through tiny organisational matters that one has to encounter, almost a constant wonderment that you have when you get to experience a foreign society on a daily basis, professional worries that are an incubus of academia (with an adequate pressure put upon "the most difficult problem in academia - the two-body problem"), to the part of the book that I found the most appealing - longing for your friends and relatives. Sepaking of that, let me add that what my girlfriend and I found to be the most authentic, touching (and allowing for identification with the characters in the book to the strongest degree) part was the description of the author's feelings upon the arrival and the departure of his wife.
In conclusion, despite the difference in the countries visited (and thanks to which I feel I could get to know a tiny bit of Japan!) I could easilty identify with aouthor's experience, thought and feelings and I found that very comforting. Thank you.
Last, but not least, I had no idea that the author had theatre experience! Also, the literary style perhaps might have been better, but as I said - these are rather e-mails/blog posts than fragments of a novel or Chekhov's short stories, so eventually it only made the reading easier!