Offsite (Greene Grape Annex):
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 PM
Fort Greene Fiction Book Group discusses A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, our fiction book group in Fort Greene discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For April, the group discusses A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by mathematics and physics professor Janna Levin. Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles, and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, Gödel and Turing’s lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.
Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.
Greene Grape Annex is located at 753 Fulton Street, across the street from the bookstore.