Mandelbrot the Magnificent

Mandelbrot the Magnificent

"Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he?s brought to the world." ?Karen Joy Fowler Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning, magical pseudo-biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into deep mathematics to escape the rise of Hitler Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler, "Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he?s b...

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Title:Mandelbrot the Magnificent
Author:Liz Ziemska
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0765398052
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:121 pages pages

Mandelbrot the Magnificent Reviews

  • Tyrannosaurus regina
    Jan 04, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

  • Paul
    Dec 28, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
    Dec 01, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

  • Joe Gola
    Nov 29, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

  • Ringthebells
    Dec 26, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

  • Pangs
    Jan 16, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

    Gloomy novel on mathematics, genius and WWII. Makes one think of the infinity within. ...

    A compact story that packs a lot of punch. This book is bigger on the inside. Well worth my time. ...

  • Laura
    Nov 02, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

  • j
    Oct 26, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

  • Sally Koslow
    Dec 20, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

  • Wilson Goodson
    Dec 30, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

  • Kynan
    Nov 17, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

  • Jana
    Nov 29, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

    Gloomy novel on mathematics, genius and WWII. Makes one think of the infinity within. ...

    A compact story that packs a lot of punch. This book is bigger on the inside. Well worth my time. ...

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature. ...

  • Charlotte
    Jan 09, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

  • Megan
    Jan 09, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

  • Fran
    Oct 28, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

  • Jo Oehrlein
    Feb 03, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

  • Betsy
    Jan 07, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

  • David
    Dec 07, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

  • Rachel
    Dec 24, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

  • Bill Shubert
    Jan 30, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

  • enricocioni
    Nov 09, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

  • Anton
    Dec 29, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

  • Marcheto
    Dec 25, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

  • Eileen
    Jan 24, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

  • Rick Brose
    Nov 15, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

    Gloomy novel on mathematics, genius and WWII. Makes one think of the infinity within. ...

    A compact story that packs a lot of punch. This book is bigger on the inside. Well worth my time. ...

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature. ...

    The length of this novella is the thing that makes it suffer the most. The characters and setting are intriguing, but the magic sneaks up on you in a way that almost makes it feel out of place. I liked what I read, but I wish there was more to dive into. ...

  • Josh
    Nov 27, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

    Gloomy novel on mathematics, genius and WWII. Makes one think of the infinity within. ...

    A compact story that packs a lot of punch. This book is bigger on the inside. Well worth my time. ...

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Review posted at Fantasy Literature. ...

    The length of this novella is the thing that makes it suffer the most. The characters and setting are intriguing, but the magic sneaks up on you in a way that almost makes it feel out of place. I liked what I read, but I wish there was more to dive into. ...

    ...

  • Atlas
    Dec 12, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

  • Mitch
    Nov 15, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

  • LaRue Cook
    Feb 06, 2018

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

  • trueskawka
    Dec 12, 2017

    Any sufficiently complex mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. No, literally. ...

    Damn, what a brilliant conceit that's pulled off even more brilliantly. I'm in awe, frankly. (and to add a personal aside, I'm often asked if I will ever write a mathematics story or a story using math. I haven't, and now I don't have to. I'll just point the person to this wondrous lit...

    Amazing novella! Part biography / part urban fantasy (very small part). Exquisitely written. Highest possible recommendation ...

    Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I?ll be thinking about this novel for a long time. ...

    "Logic sometimes makes monsters" * * * 3 / 5 Occasionally I will dive into a biography of a philosopher or a mathematician. When I do, I like to get a feel for the real person - perhaps via the inclusion of letters that they wrote, or excerpts from interviews, or real conversat...

    An interesting, heartfelt, and creative novella written in the young voice of the mathemetician, Benoit Mandelbrot, as he discovers his genius and love of math and ponders ways to apply its principles to further protecting the home of his Jewish family from the Germans in WW2 France. ...

    What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone....

    Review forthcoming ...

    Mathematics, magic based in fractals, World War II (alternate) history, Mandelbrot biography? everything mixed in the right amount to make this book an engaging and original novella perfect to read in one seating. ...

    Nice short memoir of Mandelbrot's youth. As a Jew living in WWII France, life was not easy. Young Benoit was deeply in love with math, and this book conveys that well. ...

    I've read plenty of alternate histories, but I think this is the first alternate biography I've ever come across. Benoit Mandelbrot was a real person--a brilliant mathematician who, as the NYT review for his posthumous memoir put it, "coined the term 'fractal' to refer to a new class o...

    The story starts out with an intriguing cauliflower-based introduction (it was this, and the evocative description of how the cauliflower was cooked that decided me to read this in the first place). From cauliflower we are launched into Mandelbrot's childhood and we follow his family a...

    It is always a gamble picking up something that is brand new and with little in the way of reviews. There is a bit of excitement of the unknown, but also dread that you could be wasting your time. I was hoping for a good story, but was not expecting this to land in my all time favorite...

    A short book (novella?) about Benoit Mandelbrot's childhood and how he used fractals he calculated to hide his family and his neighborhood from the Nazis. Obviously, part of it is fiction, but the lines between fiction and non-fiction are hard to determine. Just like the edge of a frac...

    This is a mathematical fantasy based (loosely) on the life of Benoit B. Mandelbrot. If you get this joke: Question: What does the B stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot Answer: Benoit B. Mandelbrot then you will get this book. I thought there needed to be either bit more math or a ...

    Brilliant and beautiful. At the heart of the novella there is a heady confluence of ideas?math, magic, and survival?but meanwhile the human story is filled with wonderful details, like the flower petals that blow through a classroom window. The writing is often deceptively simple, ...

    Set against the Nazi occupation of France, Ziemska's short novella, Mandlebrot the Magnificent, tells the story of a brilliant young man who wants to excel at math and save his family. And, somehow with the fractals and some mysticism, he does just that. ...

    loved the way that this book mixed maths and magic. i wanted more - it felt so short, even for a novella. but in that short space it built a rich, aching world. with cookies and dental equipment and ugly suits. more maths magic, please. ...

    Math magic and history. So much is contained and hidden within this compact book. Looking forward to reading it again. ...

    A quirky little gem about the mystical power of mathematics, the Nazi occupation of France, and a boy's coming of age. ...

    The story was beautiful and a quick, fun read ( despite the darkness of the historic setting). As a mathematician, though, I'm not so keen on stories that depict math as magic. ...

    A really fascinating read. I wish it had been longer and more filled out, but that's just my preference. ...

    Slow and very little happens. ...

    See my review at http://www.thereportergroup.org/Artic... ...

    A combination of biography and fiction, mathematics and magic, this novella is just breathtakingly (and at times heartbreakingly) good. ...

    Gloomy novel on mathematics, genius and WWII. Makes one think of the infinity within. ...