Mathematician and author Joseph Mazur breaks down the odds of a seemingly impossible coincidence in an insightful interview. Edwards explains the story of Anne Parish, a woman from Colorado Springs who found the exact copy of a book she owned as a child while on a trip to Paris. On its surface, Parish’s story sounds like it involves an inconceivable level of chance, but Mazur dug deeper and calculated the actual odds.
What I’m Reading Now
Written in 1946, Camus's compelling and troubling tale of a disaffected, apparently amoral young man has earned a durable popularity in part because it reveals so vividly the anxieties of its time. Alienation, the fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt--all could have been given a purely modern inflection in the hands of a lesser talent than Camus, who won the Nobel Prize in 1957 and was noted for his existentialist aesthetic.
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