The Mathematician's Shiva

A presentation by Stuart Rojstaczer

Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha's chagrin, a motley group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives to crash the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution. With its delightfully quirky characters, Rojstaczer's comic debut novel captures the American immigrant drive not just to survive, but to solve the impossible.

Stuart Rojstaczer, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, is a writer, scientist, and musician. Educated in public schools and Hasidic day schools, he received degrees from the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, and Stanford University, and a professor of geophysics at Duke University. He is the author of a memoir, Gone for Good, and has written about education for the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as research articles for Science, Nature, and many other scientific journals.

October 23, 2014
12:00 AM
Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
The Jewish Community Library
Event Contact Person: 
Allison Green
(415) 567-3327 x703