Catherine Chung | 'Mathematics at its highest levels reminds me more of poetry than anything else'

Catherine Chung | 'Mathematics at its highest levels reminds me more of poetry than anything else'

"I suppose I should warn you that I tell a story like a woman: looping into myself, interrupting. Things have never seemed straightforward to me, the path has never been clear. When I was a child, first discovering numbers, the secrets they yielded, the power they held, I imagined I would live my life unchecked, knocking down problem after problem that was set before me." So begins The Tenth Muse, narrated by protagonist Katherine, a gifted mathematician and now an elderly woman, looking back over her life, beginning with her 1940s childhood in the American Midwest.

As a brilliant and dedi...

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