Jan 16, 2022
Simon: The Genius in My Basement
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å Simon: The Genius in My Basement ☆ Alexander Masters, Simon: The Genius in My Basement, Alexander Masters, Simon The Genius in My Basement Alexander 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 å Simon: The Genius in My Basement ☆ Alexander Masters - Simon: The Genius in My Basement, Simon The Genius in My Basement Alexander 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 floorboard

  • Title: Simon: The Genius in My Basement
  • Author: Alexander Masters
  • ISBN: 9780385341080
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
å Simon: The Genius in My Basement ☆ Alexander Masters, Simon: The Genius in My Basement, Alexander Masters, Simon The Genius in My Basement Alexander 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

å Simon: The Genius in My Basement ☆ Alexander Masters - Simon: The Genius in My Basement, Simon The Genius in My Basement Alexander 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 floorboard

Debra Lowman

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 [...]


Venuskitten

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 colleag [...]


Maya Panika

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 [...]


Paula Maguire

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 ap [...]


Alison

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 r [...]


Mary Whisner

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 trave [...]


Helen

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, the subject of the book Thoroughly entertaining, informative and well worth a read


Amanda "Freckles"

I so love a good memoire or biography about genius but this one was tough to follow and I often thought it was the error of the author than the quirks of the subject Perhaps they had fun but it didn t translate well for which I m sorry because I do believe there is a story to be told.


Phrodrick

Peter Masters Simon the Genius in my Basement is a scattershot attempt at writing a biography about the adult day to day life of a child prodigy, math wizard who is perhaps too much the living clich of what a math genius is supposed to be We get a front end load out of poor personal and domestic hygiene, bad eating habits and occasional bait of how record breathtakingly smart Simon Norton was and may still be Around the last third, I stopped caring Having Simon s suggested edits and corrections [...]


Colin

Fascinating both as the story of a mathematical genius who just happens to be the author s landlord and as an investigation of the very art of biography Subtitled the biography of a happy man , The Genius in my Basement is the story of Simon Newton, one time maths prodigy and leading expert on Group Theory, whose work in the Cambridge University Maths department has become the stuff of legend Alexander Masters does a brilliant job of explaining the basics of symmetry and Group Theory unusually f [...]


Bob Gustafson

There is Ulysses by James Joyce and The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and other books like them where one reads and reads and reads and asks over and over again, Will you please get to the point Simon The Genius in My Basement falls into this category So if you are a British literature professor, who are the only ones who like that kind of crap, go out and buy this book Otherwise, go out and buy something else, anything else.


Bobparr

Di fronte al giudizio piace non piace risponderei si, e bello Non tanto il libro in se , che comunque e piacevole e ben redatto E bello mettere il naso alla finestra delle stranezze di un genio matematico e piacevole il candore che tutte queste pagine emanano, la mancanza di malizia o cattiveria che la vita di Norton evita con intelligenza sono simpatici i disegni dei triangoli e dei quadrati Poi c e il Mostro, che non ho capito che cosa e ma va bene cosi.


Mishehu

Very quirky book Not so interesting as either bio or math treatment But compelling for the impression it gives of a particular stripe of genius I d have welcomed a much deeper exploration of the subject, Simon s, mathematics, but I did enjoy the read It s fast and entertaining a worthy addition to the postmodern pop biographic literature on towering minds in the field of Group Theory.


Sue

I loved his other two books but this one just didn t work for me, maybe because I m not into mathematics I love the drawings and quirky stuff in it, but the text itself was not interesting enough to rivet my attention That said, Simon the genius is certainly an fascinating man, oddball and brainy when it comes to maths


Heather Boundy

A biography of a man considered to be one of the world s greatest mathematicians who lives reclusively in a house in London, and keeps methodical records of train time tables and is obsessed by public transport A child prodigy, he is something of an autistic savant A fascinating story written by his upstairs tenant.


Nsh

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 [...]


Sarah

I found the writing style a little too silly and self indulgent It felt like the author was trying hard to be interesting or witty But it was an interesting portrait of an eccentric mathematician whose potential as a brilliant researcher sort ofzzled as he retreated into his own personal oddness.


Bonny

I really wanted to like this book because I thought the subject, Simon Norton, would be fascinating, but I learned very little about him or his work from the author s disjointed collage The story of how Simon goes from his early extraordinary brilliance, mathematical successes, work on group theory and The Atlas of Finite Groups, to an unkempt, hoarding landlord obsessed with transit timetables is never really told I have read articles about Simon by several other authors that told this interest [...]


Gumble's Yard

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 campa [...]


Franklie

If Alexander Masters speaks as beautifully and effectually as he writes, I may have to become a roadie, if such a thing exists for writers I loved this poignant biography It made me laugh out loud a fave laugh being the imagery of Simon the Hunter frozen outside of the bathroom in chapter 5 And now I m a huge fan of Simon too Is he up for taking strangers on his day trips Masters treated him and his story with refreshing affection unexpected in this world full of snarkiness Appreciated the photo [...]


Meera

I had higher hopes for this book, about a maths genius the author stumbles across as his neighbour Simon Norton failed to live up to his early promise, and takes buses out of Cambridge and collects bus timetables, while still trying to work on the elusive problem of the Monster that he has been trying to solve for many years However, he is still completely happy with his life and a likeable character, so the book poses the interesting question of whether we should pity Simon for his lonely life [...]


Frances

This biography of the mathematical genius Simon Norton who lived in a flat below the author is funny, intriguing and moving The author takes the reader with him on a journey to understand the nature of genius and the workings of Simon s mind, letting us in on the challenges of this task Simon was a child prodigy but later in life became rather strange and obsessive about public transport so did not fulfill his early promise The author explains some of the advanced mathematics with amusing cartoo [...]


Michelle

I enjoyed the attempts to explain Group Theory with triangles and squares with legs, and I really liked Alexander Masters writing For the most part, this book was funny and well crafted Funny quotes a child Simon invented an idea called Vortex Theory According to Vortex Theory, one step in the wrong sartorial direction e.g buying a new pair of trousers when there are still two days left in the old ones before the police file indecency charges and the Vortex will get you A second later you ll be [...]


Scarlett Sims

I had never heard of Simon Norton, the subject of this biography, but I love math so I grabbed it from the library It details both Simon s history as a mathematician and the relationship the author forms with him Masters uses Simon to make some interesting observations about the nature of genius, which is always alluring to us normal people.Simon s main area of mathematical work was is Group Theory, and Masters gives very brief, general and simplistic explanations complete with illustrations of [...]


Tara

Perhaps my low review of this book isn t really fair, as I just don t like biographies, and only read it for a book group Having said that though, despite not really seeing the point of reading a biography I mean, really I d never even heard of the man and of having no particular interest in the author, Simon Norton or the subject of mathematics, the book was at least somewhat interesting, and the style of writing definitely helped make it less arduous to get through Would I recommend it No, unl [...]


Jonah

This book is hard to stop reading it s funny.But it s a biography of a person who doesn t really want to be biographied, it makes fun of the subject not a little bit, but making fun of him almost is the subject and it s about an autistic mathematician who s a genius and a mass transit enthusiast who is opposed to the use of cars And it s written by a guy who has only a very basic understanding of math, does not try to stick to the facts, has a ridiculous sense of what genius means, and seems to [...]


Alecsphys

It s definitely not a standard biography It is a collection of anecdotes of the Simon Norton genius Amusing his mathematical insight and his simple life If I should find him on the street I would exchange him for a mad or at least a strange person escaped from a psychiatric center The best of this book is the author s observation about leaving kids free to discover what they want, to don t force them in doing what we want and especially to don t bore them Maybe understanding the mind of people [...]


Jenny T

The author s landlord, Simon Norton, is an eccentric math genius, with an IQ of 178 and a passion for the British public transportation system, and in this book, he tries to piece together his life story through interviews with Simon and the few who knew him well Simon himself often gets in the way, as the author describes the challenges in writing the book.Very strange, but quite funny, with an odd, disjointed humor, and the occasional taste of Group Theory mathematics, some insight into public [...]


Nici Jones

Wasn t as easy to read as Stuart a life backwards But it was very enjoyable, lighthearted and had a really friendly feel I loved the amount of cartoons that Alexander Masters uses, they often make me chuckle, it was really easy to put down too, it made me just curious enough to keep reading All in all, liked it, but I think it could have been structured better, it didn t seem to flow well towards the end.


Sheri S.

I can t decide it I really did like this book or notIt was definitely different from other memoirs biographies I have previously read Simon sounds like kind of a peculiar person and I kept wondering if he might possibly have some features of Asperger s Syndrome He definitely shows brilliance in mathematics but social situations have an awkwardness to them I found the history and dynamics of Simon s family interesting as well as the descriptions of objects kept in his house.



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