This was an excellent read! The plot was engaging and exciting. It questions major forces that drive humans, well written with a great lineup of characters. A story you hope will not end, but eventually does :(
A clever and humorous science fiction tale of the differences of what it means to live in a 'civilization' versus what it means to actually be human. I want to read some Dickenson now!
The story of an alien who tries to make sense of what being human is all about.
Very enjoyable and moving book. Puts things into perspective and makes us appreciate what is great about humans.
Any story with the great mathematical physicist G.F.B. Riemann as a plot focus is grand! Seriously though, anyone interested in Einstein should read Riemann's original papers on quantum geometry - - and note the Riemann's wording, and Einstein's theory on relativity published 60 years later, are remarkably similar?
I loved the irony and social commentary. Great story!
An extraterrestrial was sent to earth to staunch math progress destined to move the human race forward. He takes on the identity of a professor. In his attitudes he carries from home his disdain for this primitive planet. Humans lack the intellect and mathematical modeling to never be hampered by suffering or even death. His observations of life on this earth are an illuminating look at ourselves. But, he discovers, there is another side of humans that gives their finite lives meaning.
A very insightful novel. A must read, especially on days when you wonder why you are on the planet Earth. Definitely makes you question why we do things the way we do.
The absolute smartest novel I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed the alien description of common human practices. That viewpoint from the outside looking in is poignant and enlightening. I was floored by the idiosyncrasies that we overlook like wardrobe, diet, or morals. When it's all said and done despite the countless flaws of humanity, man's existence is rivaled by none. The Alien's list for Gulliver was awe-inspiring.
This is a wonderful book. It is funny and quite poignant and moving at times. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading some of his other books.
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