The Weil Conjectures

by Karen Olsson (Author)
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A New York Times Editors' Pick and Paris Review Staff Pick

"A wonderful book." --Patti Smith

"I was riveted. Olsson is evocative on curiosity as an appetite of the mind, on the pleasure of glutting oneself on knowledge." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times


An eloquent blend of memoir and biography exploring the Weil siblings, math, and creative inspiration


Karen Olsson?s stirring and unusual third book, The Weil Conjectures, tells the story of the brilliant Weil siblings?Simone, a philosopher, mystic, and social activist, and André, an influential mathematician?while also recalling the years Olsson spent studying math. As she delves into the lives of these two singular French thinkers, she grapples with their intellectual obsessions and rekindles one of her own. For Olsson, as a math major in college and a writer now, it?s the odd detours that lead to discovery, to moments of insight. Thus The Weil Conjectures?an elegant blend of biography and memoir and a meditation on the creative life.

Personal, revealing, and approachable, The Weil Conjectures eloquently explores math as it relates to intellectual history, and shows how sometimes the most inexplicable pursuits turn out to be the most rewarding.

Book details

Publication date
July 15, 2019
Publisher
ISBN
9780374719630
Paper ISBN
9780374287610
File size
3 MB