a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
[This is the first book in the] trilogy called "The
Master of the Absent-Minded Sciences". The heroes of the other books
(and the author) establish a club, where they analyze the notes (and,
later,letters) of the titular, extremely absent-minded and ignorant
mathematician, whose companion (an eight year old girl named Little
One - one as in the number) has to solve every problem in which he
manages to get himself.
[This book] is about the author first meeting the
Master before he goes on his journey, and later asked to review his
thesis. The author decided to gather his friends from the other books
to analyze the mistakes. They establish a Club.
Levshin's beloved children's books have never been translated into English, but can be read in Russian at lib.rus.ec.
|(quoted from The Thesis of the Absent-Minded Master)|
- I am a mathematician, and I go into a new journey, to gather
material for my thesis. And once I return and get a Master degree...
- What degree? - I asked - Master's? But it's not granted in our
country for a long time already.
- Even better - the stranger said in a care-free manner, - then I'll
be the only Master of these... what are they called.. yes, absent
minded sciences! I mean no. Sorry, sometimes I'm a terrible
mathematician... No, I mean, sometimes I am terribly absent-minded.
But very rarely.
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let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
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