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Het gemillimeterde hoofd (The Cropped Head) (1967)
Gerrit Krol
Highly Rated!

Contributed by Benne de Weger

It was published in 1967 by Querido, Amsterdam, and seems to have been translated into Italian (La testa millimetrata). There is a lot of mathematics in this experimental novel (Hans Freudenthal judged: ununderstandable mathematics and trivial philosophy)."

Contributed by jww

It's an absolutely great book. Perfectly mathematical and, at the same time, perfectly deeply personal. Krol combines these opposites into a book you will never be able to forget. Read it!

Contributed by "Anonymous"

It is a genial mixture of mathematics and daily life. Action, emotion and thinking are of equal importance in it.

Contributed by Gijs Zandbergen

A great and funny author, who turned 70 this year (2004), but still keeps on on writing, with one or two books a year. His last novel is called Rondo Veneziano and deals with the history of physics. He writes difficultly and is sometimes hard to understand, but somewhere you feel the magic of it. Too bad he is not translated into English. In 2001 he won the Dutch national prize for literature, the PC Hooft Prize.

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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (4 votes)


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