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By Arturo Sangalli

The distinguished mathematician and thinker Pythagoras left no writings. yet what if he had and the manuscript used to be by no means stumbled on? the place wouldn't it be situated? And what details wouldn't it demonstrate? those questions are the foundation for the mathematical secret novel Pythagoras' Revenge. Suspenseful and instructive, Pythagoras' Revenge weaves truth, fiction, arithmetic, machine technology, and historic historical past right into a excellent and complicated thriller.

The intrigue starts off while Jule Davidson, a tender American mathematician who trolls the web for tricky math riddles and stumbles upon a neo-Pythagorean sect looking for the promised reincarnation of Pythagoras. around the ocean, Elmer Galway, a professor of classical heritage at Oxford, discovers an Arabic manuscript hinting on the life of an historical scroll--possibly left via Pythagoras himself. Unknown to each other, Jule and Elmer each one have info that the opposite calls for and, as they race to unravel the philosophical and mathematical puzzles set earlier than them, their paths eventually collide. Set in 1998 with flashbacks to classical Greece, Pythagoras' Revenge investigates the disagreement among opposing perspectives of arithmetic and fact, and explores rules from either early and state-of-the-art mathematics.

From educational Oxford to suburban Chicago and ancient Rome, Pythagoras' Revenge is a worldly mystery that might grip readers from starting to remarkable end.

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The Spaniard had then been forced to deal through middlemen of questionable reputation who were buying in the black market on behalf of anonymous collectors and who would offer only a fraction of the estimated price of the manuscript. ” interrupted Green. He reckoned that the Pythagorean parchment in his custody could easily fetch three hundred thousand pounds. If the rest of the items were of comparable value, the total take could be close to a couple of million. “I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to say,” replied the Spaniard, and he quickly resumed his story as if to fend off any further questioning.

He was calling from his office on the top floor of the company’s main shop, a threestory building in London’s Mayfair district. “I’m sorry, David, I got home late last night and didn’t check my messages. ” “I’d very much appreciate your opinion on an item that has been offered to us. It’s a rather urgent matter. ” “If at all possible . . ” “Hold on a second. Let me see . . I know I’m already running late for the library committee meeting. ” There was a short silence while Galway looked up his appointment book—he kept one at the college and another one at home, the two versions not always agreeing with each other.

He could not miss the library committee meeting where substantial cuts to the scholarly journals subscription budget would be discussed and, without some staunch opposition, also approved. The meeting would likely take up the best part of the morning, but he could certainly catch the 12:45 train and be in London by 2:00. He avoided as much as possible driving to the city, which he considered an unnecessary hassle, preferring instead the convenience of traveling by train even if the quality and reliability of the service was no longer what it used to be.

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