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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.
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.
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.
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|Size:||5'' x 8''||Size:||8.5'' x 11''|
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|Publisher:||Quadrature Books||Publisher:||Quadrature Books|
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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
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.
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