The Wild Numbers
(US edition, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2000)
Unextraordinary mathematician Isaac Swift thinks he’s found the solution to a puzzle that has stumped savants for centuries. If correct, he’ll elevate himself to the rank of immortal. Yet accusations of plagiarism arise, and the threat of violence that may not stop at the intellectual level looms around him.
“The Wild Numbers is a delight. It provides excellent and entertaining insights into the lives and ill-understood drives of working mathematicians. I strongly recommend it.” – Sir Roger Penrose, author of The Emperor’s New Mind and Shadows of the Mind
“I have never read a better fictional description of what it’s like to work in pure math. The masters and would-be masters of the domain, the backbiting, and finally the bliss of finding a solution – or what you think is a solution… It’s all here.” – Amir D. Aczel, author of Fermat’s Last Theorem
“Quick, clever… Schogt is a welcome voice: a skillful and energetic storyteller.” – Publisher’s Weekly
(Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005, translated by Sherry Marx)
Joop Daalder has been an outsider from the first. Raised in a family of antigourmands, he developed his taste buds on the sly, finding his vocation and true happiness as an apprentice to master-chocolatier in France. Years later, Daalder is a longtime, celebrated chocolatier in Toronto. But when a super-deli is built next to his shop, its three trendy “chocolateers” bring his world crashing down around him.