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Oscar Seurat* is a Polish born, American mathematician and author (PhD from New York University and, effectively, Erdös No. 2) who worked for more than a decade at prominent Wall Street institutions like Goldman Sachs, Credit-Suisse Securities, and Royal Bank of Canada. The main focus of his work involved mathematical and software aspects of statistical arbitrage, program trading and securities lending. He has also worked at the New York Stock Exchange at their offices in Paris and New York on integration of certain high-frequency data management tools. Recently, Oscar taught undergraduate mathematics and computer science at Fordham University, Framingham State University and Northeastern University.

Always fascinated with bird’s eye views, and the instinctive fear high altitudes instill in us, he started his aviation adventure with the Accelerated Free Fall skydiving course in Perris, California, obtaining his A license in 2000, and performing the total of 61 jumps. In 2004, after a year and three months of committed work, he obtained a private pilot license at Teterboro, NJ, and has since logged 900 landings and close to 400 hours of flight time. This flight time does not include the very short flights he performed in college as a high jumper when he reached the personal best of 6 ft and 9.1 in (206cm).
The Blind Bidder's Eye Cover

The Blind Bidder's Eye, Oscar's second book, appeared in August 2015.  It is a  magical realism thriller involving a father and his teenage son whose lives spiral into chaos when the boy stumbles across a curious item belonging to an 18th century genius. The novel sends the reader on an exciting, bumpy path through the son’s humorous tribulations at his Manhattan high school, a singular Wall Street business of blind bidding, and the mind of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), a mathematician historically known to have lost an eye due to mental exertion. Click on the image for a preview.

Sudoku Stories Pocket Edition

In December of 2013, Oscar published a recreational mathematics book, Sudoku Stories: History, Art and Science in 101 Designer Puzzles. The novelty of the book, written with a co-author Olivier Nicolas, rests upon the contained puzzles' pictorially representing objects rather than being just tables of randomly placed numbers. The 101 designs are accompanied by articles on the related and timely topics. The book comes in two formats: an 8.5'' x 11'' album, and a "pocket" volume 5'' x 8'' in size.  Click on the image for a high quality preview.



*  —  pseudonym

Puzzle Book

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101 Magical Picture Puzzles and Stories

Rather than being just a table of randomly placed numbers, each puzzle in this book depicts an animal, a symbol or an object. A captivating article on the object brings it to life and gives the puzzle its own special personality. The puzzles are arranged into 14 topical chapters which start with puzzles on "Animals", "Countries" and "Environment" and end with those on "Money", "Space" and "Warfare".

Presenting the reader with a comfortable view of both the puzzle and the accompanying article, the book's album version offers a unique solving experience and makes for a memorable gift. While contemplating his or her next number choice, the reader can enjoy an essay without the distraction of having to turn the page.

The pocket edition, on the other hand, combines the same content with the convenience of a small book which can be read and solved on a train, a bus, or a bench in a park. A selection of the book's puzzles can be played free online on SudokuStories.com. In addition to the below previews, a subtly humorous introduction to this concept can be seen in the following youtube video.

Pocket Edition Sudoku Stories Cover Album Edition
Size:  5'' x 8'' Size: 8.5'' x 11''
Cover: Full Color Cover: Full Color
Interior: B&W Interior:  Full Color
Publisher:  Quadrature         Books Publisher:  Quadrature         Books
ISBN-13: 978-0991323524 ISBN-13: 978-0991323517
ISBN-10: 0991323521 ISBN-10: 0991323513
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The Blind Bidder's Eye
In this magical realism thriller involving a father and his teenage son, the couple's lives spiral into chaos when the boy stumbles across a curious item belonging to an 18th century genius, Leonhard Euler. Unexpectedly, the resulting flashes of brilliance experienced by the boy bring few benefits in school and lead instead to a series of mishaps including a disaster at his father's investment firm.

In spite of the misfortunes, the son's flares of ingenuity make the father - a Wall Street executive and a man impressed only by the strength of one’s mind - change his perception of the boy as a weakling and set the two's troubled relationship on a healing course. This change may be coming too late, however; the boy is missing and quite possibly in harm's way ...

 The novel sends the reader on an exciting, bumpy path through the son's humorous tribulations at his Manhattan high school, a singular Wall Street business of blind bidding,  and the mind of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), a mathematician historically known to have lost an eye due to mental exertion. Click on the image for a preview.

Torus Board Games

orus Boards is a collection of games based on flat depictions of a torus with shiftable multi-colored bands on its surface. The bands are assumed to move in three directions: along the smaller radius, the larger radius, and spirally at an angle of 45 degrees to either of the radii. On the square these motions correspond to three shifts which wrap around the columns, rows, and diagonals. After the square (or torus) has been scrambled, your task is to bring it back to its original state by any combination of the three shifts.
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