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 Between teetering towers of outdated maps and slagheaps of plastic bags, Simon eats endless meals of tinned kippers and plans trips on the Cambridge public transport system.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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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

Simon Norton is an eccentric mathematician living in the basement of the author's house in England. The author, Alexander Masters, weaves the tale of the things he had to put up with with Norton ... Read full review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Another gold nugget found in the remainder bin! A quirky biography about a quirky character - Simon Norton, a maths genus at a young age, who has become a reclusive bag-man and public transport ... 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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