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Summary Ø The Genius in my Basement ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook 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 bus timetables and engorged plastic bags eating tinned kippers stirred into. 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 colleague with whom he had worked closely went to work in America His exceptional early potential has not been fully realised and Group Theory is no longer a trendy area of interest in maths research circles Norton s eccentric slovenly and chaotic world is now centred on campaigns for maintaining and improving public transport but he continues to work on Group theory on what seems to be a leisurely basis having a wealthy family background means that Norton has no need to workThis is a wonderful book for anyone interested in maths and mathematicians but Norton now aged 58 cannot have been an easy subject he is pleasant but evasive and factual details about his life and work have been provided by family members and former colleagues He communicates in a series of grunts punctuated by a few words here and there has no close friends and is described as asexual We never really get to see how his mind works and he cannot explain his most exciting mathematical theories but then how can anyone explain concepts that involve 196883 dimensions Maybe he operates in a world that has little in common with ours I downloaded this book on the day of publication and read it within a couple of days which is always a sign of a good book

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Summary Ø The Genius in my Basement ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Out of the house in the middle of the night And good God what is that noxious smell that creeps up the stairwell   Grumpy poignant comical intimate than either the author or his uarry intended Simon The Genius in My Basement is the story of a friendship and a pursuit  Part biography part memoir and part popular science it is a study of the frailty of brilliance the measures of happiness and Britain’s most uncooperative egghead eccentr. The Genius in My Basement is not a euphamism This is literally the story of the genius who lived downstairs from Alexander Masters I have to be honest after the first few chapters I thought I wasn t going to enjoy this and might not even finish it It took a little time to get used to the style With random sketches descriptions of noises in the text talking to the reader as though we re creeping downstairs scooby doo style to look through the guy s flat it all felt a bit overdone and about the author than the subject But stick with it I say because this is a really really fantastic book And whilst it doesn t bang through a biography in the traditional way what you are left with is a real portrait of the man so you feel as though you have actually met himSo Alexander Masters was renting a flat from a guy Simon Norton who is it seems pathologically honest obsessed with travelling about on buses all over the country lives in an utter mess doesn t worry about appearances at all is well off enough not to need a job on a mission to save and improve public transport down with cars and save the environment and seems to be very happy with his life and existance Even though in this achieve achieve achieve over work yourself Anyone who s not working full time plus over time must be lazy culture we have it seems he s wasted his life perhaps And his potentialSo why is he a genius If you know maths you ll know if the theoretical dizy heights of maths is like another dimension to you as is it to me you won t immediately know but Simon Norton is a mathetical genius As in winning global prizes as a teenager getting his degree being in a research group at Cambridge in the 70s and 80s and writing this atlas to the MONSTER the ultimate in group theory I won t even attempt to explain But his fascination with solving problems goes in any direction whichever makes him happy but not necessarily what people would call a worthwhlie direction And when the men of the research group went their seperate ways in the 80s Simon had no one to push him in the right direction and just left the scene to revle in his bus timetablesSo is it a waste of his intelligence They re all theoretical thought experiments and one can ask if any of them have any practical use to humanity if you want to go down that vein you can wonder where is the point in anyone reading any book The point being that if it brings you joy and happiness in your life well why notIt is also an interesting tale of growing up genius education and the point that you can be as brilliant as you want but if you don t have the self discipline or someone to direct you where are you going to go I thought Masters also had some very good points about education in the UK and in general Say what you want but family money and parental influence have their roll to place I m not a fan of the old school hierarchial snobbery we have in education here when they start on about private schools Norton did go to Ashdown and Eton and the name dropping starts about Boris Johnson Clegg Cameron etc etc and really it s a mates world you think not that these people are any intelligent than the rest of the country but that they went to the right schools therefore they are put into the positions of power And what a disgusting bunch of nest feathering egotistical types who have no real feeling for society as a whole sorry going off on a rant that has nothing to do with this bookI want to finish off with a paragraph that I thought was very astute about education child geniuses and growing up and all thatTo prodigies talent doesn t come from hours of hard work it comes from delight As long as they find what they do delightful they ll keep at it But over ambitious parents inflexible maths teachers humdrum university programmes can destroy the delight in as little as six months shortly after the brilliance withers away too Conway believes it is almost always a bad idea to send maths prodigies to university at an early age They rarely when you do come to anything as adults It is too early to destroy a child s social life and regiment his thought Let the chld roam Give him an expert tutor but for as long as possible let him stay free and guided by delight p318

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Summary Ø The Genius in my Basement ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Packets of Bombay mix Simon is exploring a theoretical puzzle so complex and critical to our understanding of the universe that it is known as the Monster It looks like a sudoku table except a sudoku table has nine columns of numbers   The Monster has 808017424794512875886459904961710757005754368000000000 columns   But that’s not the whole story What’s inside the decaying sports bag he never lets out of his clutches Why does he hurtle. uirky biography about an eccentric mathematician and transit activist in Cambridge England Simon Norton was a math prodigy eg 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 sualid rooms in the basement Simon is now in his 60s too old to be a prodigy but still doing math as well as traveling around the UK on buses and trains and advocating for transit Masters s style is chatty and self reflective pondering the challenges of writing a biography as he writes a biography of Simon He also includes messages from Simon as Simon reviews his drafts It wasn t this bus route it was that one be accurate Don t refer to the basement rooms as a flat it might make trouble with the Cambridge housing inspectors Masters also illustrates the biography with cartoons and snapshots He offers some very basic lessons in group theory illustrated by suares and triangles with feet and arms so we readers who are not mathematicians can have a glimmer of what Simon s mathematical work has beenMasters suggests books for people who want to learn about group theory And he also links to Simon s transportation writing wwwcambsbettertransportorguk his own newsletter and wwwbusuderdorg he has a column in Bus Users UK Magazine Simon funds an annual award for improving public transport access wwwsmiorguktransportI m putting this on my autism spectrum shelf even though the book never says anything about autism or Asperger s I heard Masters interviewed and he said that people always bring those labels up but he never uses them He thinks that using them in the biography would reduce Simon to the label and he s so much deeper and interesting than that Of course I see the point But if you re interested in the autism spectrum I think this book provides an interesting profile


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    Free download The Genius in my Basement Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters Alexander Masters » 0 Review Rather eccentric symmetry operations on triangles and suares are illustrated by giving the shapes arms and legs and frontbacks; some of Simon's speechgrunts are transcribed using new symbols; the book has a very random structure; S

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    (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement Free download The Genius in my Basement A biography of the brilliant mathematician Simon Norton whose was a maths prodigy and the most promising mathematician of his generation Norton

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    Alexander Masters » 0 Review Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement 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 I test as a small child He is best know for his work in symmetry and

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    (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement 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 irrelevan

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    Free download The Genius in my Basement Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters Alexander Masters » 0 Review 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 NortonI 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

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    Free download The Genius in my Basement Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters Alexander Masters » 0 Review uirky biography about an eccentric mathematician and transit activist in Cambridge England Simon Norton was a math prodigy eg 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 sualid rooms in the basement Simon is now in his 60s too old to be

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    (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement 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 w

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    Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement Alexander Masters » 0 Review I’ve loved Alexander Masters’ other books so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while it doesn’t disappoint; it’s a biography about Simon Norton a maths professor who as the title suggests lives on the lower ground floor but owns the building rents the upper half to the author; I like the uirky style S

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    Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters (E–pub READ) The Genius in my Basement Alexander Masters » 0 Review The Genius in My Basement is not a euphamism This is literally the story of the genius who lived downstairs from Alexander Masters I have to

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    Free download The Genius in my Basement Download è PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Alexander Masters Alexander Masters » 0 Review 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 downStylistically it's brilliant in a gimmicky sort of way There are lots of suiggles doodles and

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  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The Genius in my Basement
  • Alexander Masters
  • English
  • 27 August 2020
  • 9780385341080