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Thursday, March 20th 2008

6:13 PM

BTT: The End

  • Music: Prisoner of Love by Utada Hikaru

You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?
(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)

A book I finished recently was The Square Root of Two  by David Flannery. The book is relatively short but it took me a while to finish. It made me regret that I didn't buy that book at that used bookstore about the number zero. Then it made me want research some of the mathematicians mentioned: Gauss, G.H. Hardy, and Ramanujan. I'm really interested about Gauss even though he reminds me of the Gaussian distribution (bell curve) from my probability class. I'm amazed it's so easy to calculate the sum of 1 to 100! Another plus from reading the book, I learned another spiral (besides spira mirabilis), Fermat's spiral. As for fiction, I finished Night of the Huntress by Kathryn Smith last week and I looked up the next book in the series but I didn't have the urge to go and get it now. I guess I'm more of a muser especially if something in the book piqued my interest besides the main point that it's trying to convey. Books that messes with my head tend to be memorable be it fiction or not.

1 Comment(s).

Posted by Ann Darnton (Table Talk):

That's an interesting thought that a book can prompt you to go off and do further research. I've just finished reading Mary Doria Russell's new novel 'Dreamers of the Day' and that has made me want to know more about the historical events she was writing about.
Friday, March 21st 2008 @ 4:29 AM