The Genius in my Basement

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HarperCollins Publishers, Sep 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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An intimate portrait of an everyday genius.

Alexander Master’s landlord, Simon, lives in the basement of their Cambridge house. Between teetering towers of outdated maps and slagheaps of plastic bags, Simon eats endless meals of tinned kippers and plans trips on the Cambridge public transport system.

But Simon was one of the greatest mathematical prodigies of the twentieth century. He spends his time between train journeys working on a theoretical puzzle so complex and critical to our understanding of the universe that it is known as the Monster.

Poignant and comical, ‘Simon: The Genius in my Basement’ is about the frailty of brilliance and how genius matters very little in the search for happiness.

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Review: The Genius in My Basement

User Review  - Paula Maguire - Goodreads

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 witty. The subject is an eccentric ex math genius, and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

Perhaps my low review of this book isn't really fair, as I just don't like biographies, and only read it for a book group. Having said that though, despite not really seeing the point of reading a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Alexander Masters lives in London. His first book, Stuart, was a Sunday times bestseller and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award.

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