Ottobre 1980, Princeton: una giovane archivista, Anna Roth, riceve l’incarico di recuperare tutti i documenti di Kurt Gödel, il più affascinante ed ermetico matematico del ventesimo secolo. Per farlo deve avvicinare la vedova del grande genio, morto da due anni, un’anziana e spigolosa signora che sembra voler mettere in atto una sorta di vendetta tardiva nei confronti dell’establishment accademico rifiutandosi di cedere un archivio dal valore storico e scientifico incommensurabile. Fin dal primo incontro, Adele Gödel si mostra diffidente nei confronti di Anna eppure non la respinge. Si limita a imporle le proprie regole. Perché Adele sa che le resta poco da vivere ma c’è una storia che vuole assolutamente raccontare, una storia che nessuno ha mai voluto ascoltare. Dal grande fermento culturale della Vienna anni Trenta alla Princeton nell’immediato dopoguerra, dal maccartismo all’avvento delle armi nucleari, Anna scopre la vita di una donna che ha a lungo caparbiamente cercato un impossibile equilibrio fra genio, amore e follia.
- ISBN: 8830438065
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 400
- Data di uscita: 28-08-2014
Kurt Gödel: never heard of him before this delightful book. Yannick Grannec writes an entertaining novel about the history of science from 1928 to the late 1970’s. Kurt Gödel was a mathematical genius, a great friend of Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, and Oskar Morgenstern. He lived through the Leggi tutto
A novel with two parallel storylines ought to be in a state of dynamic equilibrium, with forces from both narratives balancing and advancing each other. The Goddess of Small Victories does not achieve that balance. Adele Gödel, the goddess, relates the small victories,the daily balancing acts she pe Leggi tutto
Another great read for The Tiny Book Club! What is it like to be the wife of a genius? Not that great. Adele Porkert was working at a cabaret and living with her parents in Vienna. In 1928, she was beautiful and in her early 20s. Early one morning walking home from work she noticed a man walking slo Leggi tutto
The first half of this book gets 4 stars from me. A really interesting portrait of the kind of woman we don't really have in our society anymore. Adele Godel marries a mathematical genius and spends her life caring for him despite his fragile mental and physical health. Anna Roth is a young woman of Leggi tutto
The author used successfully the Fiction genre to write the non-fiction story about the lives of Adèle and Kurt Godel. Kurt Godel was one of the most brilliant Mathematician mind of the first half of the 20th century and Adèle was his childless housewife and civil servant during their entire lives a Leggi tutto
I listened to the audiobook, mostly, but I did read some. I think that if I had read it exclusively, I may not have liked it as much. The quality of the audiobook was excellent. There were two narrators, one for Adele’s story and one for Anna’s. I enjoyed the mathematic discussions and explanations Leggi tutto
This was just ok for me. I love Kurt Gödel, which is why I thought I would like this book. From the start though, it just felt so forced. The author asked the reader to believe so many things that were hard to believe- e.g. Gödel's boring and non-intellectual wife Adele was, in reality, quite inters Leggi tutto
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