A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri,Hartosh Singh Bal

By Gaurav Suri,Hartosh Singh Bal

While taking a category on infinity at Stanford within the overdue Nineteen Eighties, Ravi Kapoor discovers that he's confronting a similar mathematical and philosophical dilemmas that his mathematician grandfather had confronted many a long time earlier--and that had landed him in penal complex. Charged lower than an vague blasphemy legislation in a small New Jersey city in 1919, Vijay Sahni is challenged by way of a skeptical pass judgement on to safeguard his trust that the understanding of arithmetic could be prolonged to all human knowledge--including faith. jointly, the 2 males detect the power--and the fallibility--of what has lengthy been thought of the top of human sure bet, Euclidean geometry.

As grandfather and grandson fight with the query of no matter if there can ever be absolute walk in the park in arithmetic or existence, they're compelled to think again their basic ideals and offerings. Their tales hinge on their explorations of parallel advancements within the learn of geometry and infinity--and the maths all through is as rigorous and interesting because the narrative and characters are compelling and complex.

Moving and enlightening, A convinced Ambiguity is a narrative approximately what it capability to stand the extent--and the limits--of human knowledge.

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