The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
A Novel

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Isaac Swift is a mathematician - not an outstanding one, but a competent, unextraordinary pencil-pusher. And like all mathematicians, he's constantly reminded that it's the prodigies of his profession who advance human knowledge. The rest just try to understand. Now Isaac thinks he's found the solution to "Beauregard's Wild Number Problem," a puzzle that has stumped savants for centuries. And Dimitri, his mentor at the university, once a near-great mathematician himself, thinks Isaac is correct. If so, Isaac will have elevated himself to the ranks of the immortals. But now accusations of plagiarism arise, and the threat of violence that may not stop at the intellectual level looms over the university.
 

About Philibert Schogt

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Philibert Schogt holds degrees in philosophy & mathematics. "The Wild Numbers" is his first novel. He lives in Amsterdam.
 
Published March 23, 2000 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A sharp, witty skewering of academic foibles, centering on the strategic tactics surrounding an unlikely attempt to unlock `Beauregard's Wild Number Problem,` a particularly daunting problem that has stumped the best mathematical minds.

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The protagonist of Dutch author Schogt's quick, clever debut novel is Isaac Swift, 35, a mediocre mathematics professor at a small college in an unnamed city and country, who despairs of achieving fam

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The protagonist of Dutch author Schogt's quick, clever debut novel is Isaac Swift, 35, a mediocre mathematics professor at a small college in an unnamed city and country, who despairs of achieving fame in his field.

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