[E–pub/Pdf] 博士の愛した数式 by Yōko Ogawa


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  • 博士の愛した数式
  • Yōko Ogawa
  • English
  • 05 January 2019
  • 9780312427801

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博士の愛した数式 Summary ô 7 E of discovering connections between the simplest of uantities like the Housekeeper’s shoe size and the universe at large drawing their lives ever closer and profoundly together even as his memory slips away The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present and about the curious euations that can create a fami An enjoyable Japanese novel that scatters numbers and facts about the brain though it s primarily about friendship It feels light but prompts profound uestionsThe sitThe eponymous housekeeper is a young single mother herself the only child of a single mother with a ten year old son She becomes daily housekeeper to a former maths professor whose head injury in 1975 means he only remembers the most recent 80 minutes plus things before 1975 nearly 20 years before the story is set 1992Numbers are now the professor s life He works on problems for magazine competitions and he comes alive when he spots numbers or patterns to explain to his increasingly interested housekeeper When he discovers his housekeeper has a son he is adamant that the boy must come to the house after school and in the holidays he adores children and thinks their needs or his exaggerated perception of them are important than anything else Thus a relationship is built between the prof and the boy nicknamed Root as in suare root based on numbers and baseball statistics His short memory span makes him an incredibly patient teacherDespite all the notes he has to start each day each situation anew The hire and fire nature of a housekeeping agency has parallelsThe practicalities and humour of coping with the prof s condition are well portrayed and the relationships are very touching The uestionsDespite the efforts of the housekeeper and her son the professor s capacity for joy seems literally limited Is there much point having any sort of friendship with or giving happiness to someone who will not remember it The housekeeper and her son learn so much from the professor but does he get anything meaningful in return I think he benefits Even if his pleasure is transient it is still pleasure Even if he can t consciously recall it later it surely adds to his general sense of well being The fact his relationship with the housekeeper and her son develops to a deep bond implies a degree of memory and benefit If we really believed the only reason for being kind to someone was the certainty that they d remember it the world would be full of neglected babies and toddlers who developed into cold and disturbed adults Fortunately only a very few people operate that way Don t be put off by the numbersSome of the maths may be a little obscure for some readers but not fully understanding it shouldn t impair enjoyment of the book The prof s message is not about right answers but listening to and feeling numbers and there are times when the passion borders on religious I needed this eternal truth I needed the sense that this invisible world was somehow propped up by the visible one Somehow this line would help me find peaceRelated booksThis has some similarities with Mark Haddon s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time see my review HERE Iris Murdoch s The Word Child see my review HEREDavid Mitchell cites it as one of his five favourite Japanese novels updated August 2017 after Tsung Wei prompted me to think about what I d written

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博士の愛した数式 Summary ô 7 He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem ever since a traumatic head injury he has lived with only eighty minutes of short term memory She is an astute young Housekeeper with a ten year old son who is hired to care for him And every morning as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew a strange and beautiful relationshi Life by the NumbersNumbers are everywhere Real Natural Imaginary Perfect Amicable Abundant Deficient Triangular Prime including both Mersenne and Pernicious as well as Twins to name a few And they re all here in The Housekeeper and the Professor which Ms Ogawa wrote in 2007 The Professor is of mathematics and has amnesia the housekeeper is devoted and has a son This melange constitutes the cast of a charming story of mathematics and love subjects with a connection that is less than obvious But there is a connection and it is fundamental and profound For a mathematician defined by intensity of temperament not level of education numbers are not simply classified as kinds or types They are living species with distinctive genetic characteristics with real family resemblances and lasting relationships indeed with personalities Some are rare some shy some awkward some maddeningly unpredictable Some may be hidden in infinity some are waiting desperate to be identified and some may even be the last of their line but we can t be sure The ultimate mathematical accolade afforded to any number is to give it a family name a formula by which all its relatives can be identified even those we haven t met yet Thus the sum of all the numbers from 1 to 10 euals 55 But that is just this number s first name as it were It s family name is nn 12n All the numbers 1 to n in this family are related to each other and have this name The numbers themselves have always known this we as thinking human beings who aren t numbers took some considerable time to recognise the fact Numbers as living things of course interbreed They may be members of different families simultaneously Plotting out the sister and brothers and cousins and aunts and the in laws of numerical familial relations is what keeps mathematicians up at night There are so many interesting genetic modifications so many hidden liaisons so many ueer numbers waiting and proudly wanting to be outed And the discovery of new families increases the possible connections among all the families There s no end to the funBut why is such an appreciation of numbers of significance in a piece of fiction about amnesia I think the answer to this uestion is best found through a comparison The American novelist Nicole Krauss published her first book Man Walks Into a Room in 2002 Her novel has the same premise as Ogawa s namely the condition of amnesia in a man who has suffered severe trauma Both books then explore the relationship between memory and feelings in the victim on the residual emotional bonds the victim maintains from his past as well as their ability to create new relationships of intimacyOgawa s amnesiac is even disabled than Krauss s because the Professor s condition is anterograde amnesia which inhibits the creation of any new memories So his memory store consists of his life up to his early 30 s plus the last 80 minutes which recycles like a CarCam with a 16GB memory card The condition of Krauss s victim is merely retrograde meaning historical memories only are affected He has as it were started a new reel in the film of his life the entirety of this reel is available to himIt is clear from the beginning that Krauss s story is going to end tragically Samson Greene her protagonist whose trauma erased his memory back to his adolescence is an emotional goner His wife is not merely a stranger to him she also evokes not the least emotional response in him nor do any of the mementoes photographs and other trinkets of their life together It is possible in fact that Samson is permanently crippled emotionally Loss of memory is the euivalent of a comprehensive loss of affection and affective ability He sadly for the reader also has not the slightest inclination to re kindle his marriage and considers himself none the worse for it He is not cruel merely ennuied his strongest emotion is melancholyOgawa tells a very different story Although her mathematics Professor has a blank memory from his early 30 s his emotions are still stirred by the son of his housekeeper with whom he immediately feels an intense relationship of care Despite the fact that the Professor must re create this relationship every day from scratch it in fact deepens on the basis of the mathematical tutorial that he has undertaken with the boy and his mother His memory is blank yet he has some level of residual emotional instinct and his capacity for relationship to his past life still existsI think that it is only in comparison with each other that both these novels can be recognised as profound metaphysical statements contradictory to each other but self verifying by the protagonists perhaps even to their authors If I am correct the responses of readers will depend primarily on the fundamental presumptions they hold not just about life but about existence itself Here s whyKrauss presents a decidedly Aristotelian vision of the world Samson Greene is a physical scientist He is a materialist in the sense that he lives in a world of strict cause and effect Memory is a necessary causal condition for Samson s emotions Everything must have a cause and all causes are material in character So no memory no emotion The causeeffect chain in his brain has been interrupted The result is not simply that he doesn t recognise his wife he doesn t recognise himself He has lost his identity He cannot remember his own name While he mildly regrets these facts he feels nothing about themOgawa s Professor is Platonist rather than Aristotelian He lives in a world of Platonic forms the apotheosis of which are numbers that are independent not only him but of the world itself Numbers are contained in the notebooks of God himself In effect numbers are attributes of God eternal perfect trustworthy and most significantly uncreated They are not part of any chain of cause and effect Yet their reality mysteriously governs the world They are unaffected by the Professor s injury and therefore provide what is a spiritual continuity in a materially interrupted life While these number forms cannot compensate for the Professor s material deficiency they permit him to keep his identity which for a Platonist is a spiritual not a material entity Numbers also mediate his current otherwise fleeting relationships which spiritual things as wellConseuently Krauss s story is one of irretrievable tragedy Irretrievable because the gap in causality can never be recovered The gap is a hole into which Samson s existence has fallen He continues to be in the world but as a fundamentally altered being That same gap exists for the Professor and is just as materially unrecoverable But the number forms maintain their influence and remind his material body on a daily basis of their existence and his They evoke the Professor s emotions particularly love which are not materially but spiritually grounded The Professor is debilitated but his ontology his mode of being is what it has always been Samson suffers mildly but has no real grief He is now something other than human He will probably function adeuately and be perceived as normal if somewhat aloof by the world at large The Professor on the other hand may be pitiable to some like his sister in law and he does suffer often intensely But he is not pitiable to his housekeeper and her son Through practical love and instinctive respect they adapt to his condition and learn to live in his Platonic world to their benefit as well as his In a small but important way he has improved the worldToward the end of Ogawa s book she has the Professor write a formula as a insistent communication to his sister in law This formula is known as Euler s Identity after the 18th century Swiss mathematician It has been called the most beautiful formula in mathematics Its beauty lies in its synthesis of at least four fundamentally different mathematical universes Transcendental Imaginary Natural and Irrational numbers Each of these mathematical families has a genetic character as distinct as say the genetics of an earthworm and a human being On the face of it they should have no family connections whatsoever But this is precisely what Euler s Identity shows they do have It is an unparalleled abduction or intuitive leap that couldn t have been arrived at by logical deduction or empirical inductionThe significance of Euler s Identity in the book is reasonably clear It is the Professor s way of expressing the synthesis of the worlds that he his sister in law his housekeeper and her son are living in Each is included without being denied just as each mathematical family is included without being negated or changed in the Identity A brilliant literary as well as mathematical insight thereforeI have no idea if Ogawa has ever read Krauss or if she has whether she intended to write a fictional riposte to Krauss s Aristotelian materialism Regardless the two books certainly help to demonstrate what I think is the essential point of the other It makes a fundamental difference in our lives what implicit philosophy we assimilate or adopt perhaps without any awareness of the event Perhaps we are simply born into one tendency or another without the possibility of choiceIn either case I am an inveterate Platonist and like the Professor find numbers unaccountably comforting Who knows they might even help me through my increasingly deficient aged memory So for me Ogawa has written something far than a merely charming piece of fiction She has either intentionally or inadvertently addressed a fundamental issue of human existence Thank you Ms OgawaSee for a discussion of the implications of these two books as a critiue of science generallySee for another literary use of number theory

Review 博士の愛した数式

博士の愛した数式 Summary ô 7 P blossoms between them Though he cannot hold memories for long his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant euations from the past And the numbers in all of their articulate order reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son The Professor is capabl On originally reading a description of this novel I wondered if it was really for me Did I want to read about a Professor with a memory span of 80 minutes and the Housekeeper who assists him I m so glad I decided to read it and I m happy to have my own copy This story of memory math building a pseudo family where no relationship has existed before is full of love and compassion The emotions are mostly expressed in mathematical theorems cooking and random touch but it is palpable throughout the book I had to remind myself repeatedly that this is a novel not a memoir It feels like life a life beautifully lived The emotions are still high as I write this reviewThe blending of the math into the arc of life is amazing I am a math phobe and always have been I could feel my resistance wearing down while reading and a subtle understanding of why others love the world of numbers beginning to grow The Professor and the housekeeper would be pleasedHighly recommended for its sensitive treatment of relationshipsAddendum 1513 I realize that I truly love this book and it has only risen in my esteem over time Therefore I am going to change its rating to the 5 stars it probably should have been initially


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