The Housekeeper and the Professor is a charming and enjoyable novella about eponymous Professor of mathematics who due to accident years earlier suffers from A Memoir Concerning the Fascinating Faculty Which Has Been Ascribed to the Rattle-Snake and Other American Serpents peculiar form of amnesia and while he remembers everything from theast his current memory lasts only eighty minutes and as a reminder of this fact he has fitting note I Have Lived in the Monster pinned to his suit In fact Professor haslenty notes on him that rustle when he walks It also is a story about his housekeeper young single mother and her son named by Professor in honor of root sign since his head is flat Root And finally the story revolves about numbers whole range of numbers Prime natural amicable Wonach sich alle sehnen perfect triangular and so onWell being myself mathematical dimwit I didn t think reading about euationsroofs and Fermat Last Theorem could be so engaging For Professor numbers are comforting and solving some mathematical Witchs Curse (The Bone Coven Chronicles puzzle leaves himeaceful and at ease And these The Future of Erotic Fantasy Art passages devoted to the beauty of mathematics I found especially captivating In mathematics is order and logic that I admire and mystery and beauty that regretfully I not always can comprehendYou could think that being limited to the world of numbers only the Professor is excluded from the outside world Yes in some way he is He lives in unkempt cottage his clothes remember better times and he barely leaves his refuge But he almost immediately creates a bond with his housekeeper s ten years old son And reading about their relationship the way he cares about the boy is such heart warming even if every time Professor has to start his day looking at his clothes to find aroper note reminding him who the boy and his mother are Y ko Ogawa wrote this story with elegance and understanding fortunately avoiding saccharine undertone that can be found in some novels concerning disabilities issue We can see Professor in his best and worst moments We see old man in shabby clothes who Bing pays no attention to his dowdiness and hygienic matters We see him thinking andointing at the sky to indicate the evening star that is about to show We Operation rhino perfectly understand his fear of crowdedlaces and can comprehend the fact when he reduces baseball game to numbers and statistics or writes a formula to end an arguing Because numbers always would give him sense of order and harmony with himself and the world355 Hakase no ai Shita Suushiki The Housekeeper and the Professor Y ko Ogawa The Housekeeper and the Professor is a novel by Y ko Ogawa set in modern day Japan It was Killing Cancer published in August 2003 The story centers around a mathematician the Professor who suffered brain damage in a traffic accident in 1975 and since then canroduce only 80 minutes worth of memories and his interactions with a housekeeper the narrator and her son Root as the Professor shares the beauty of euations with them 2014 1391 248 9786006605173 1392 1394 1395 1396 1397 21 183 29041399 The story is set in Japan A housekeeper is hired to clean and cook for an elderly former mathematics Searing professor who suffered a brain injury He s 64 is that elderly lol He can only remember new things for 80 minutes So each day when she arrives at his house she has to re introduce herself Every day he asks her some numerical uestion ranging from her birthday to her shoe size and he expounds about some uniue aspect of the numbers of her response Over time of course he asks her the same uestions numerous times When he finds out that she has a ten year old boy who is a latch key kid waiting at home for her he insists that she let the boy come over after school So the boy and the woman start learning math We learn uite a bit about simple math in therocess things like Healing the Divide prime numbers and amicable numbers And Irobably shouldn t say simple math I should say easily understandable math the way it is resented The Wikipedia review of the book has a list of a dozen math concepts talked about in the book What we also learn is that although the rofessor s Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life presumption is that he is teaching the boy the housekeeper is fascinated by the subject and she is good at math As we learn her story single mom only child of another single mom it s unfortunate she had to drop out to start working full time before finishing high school She s better at solving mathroblems than her bright son is The rofessor and the boy are also fascinated by baseball stats The rofessor still thinks his favorite baseball team has the same The Secret Man players it had in 1975 when he suffered his injury She takes them both to a baseball game neither has ever been Little by little they basically become a family Interest is added to the story by therofessor s uirks and he has Katys First Haircut plenty She s the ninth housekeeper her agency has sent recently the others uit or were removed There s also a mystery she solves about the relationship between therofessor and his widowed sister in law The Die Wise professor lives in isolation in a cottage behind his sister in law s house and they seem to have no interaction But the sister in law keeps him functioning and hires and fires the housekeepers The housekeeper runs afoul of the agency regulations several times and is even fired at oneoint The sister in law can t understand why anyone wants anything to do with her crazy brother in law and starts to think the
housekeeper is after his money Because the housekeeper and the sister in law don t interact the housekeeper has is after his money Because the housekeeper and the sister in law don t interact the housekeeper has solve the mystery of the Yan And The Pikes Violin professor s injury on her own It s a good story and the way the math isresented is fun so that shouldn t deter anyone from reading the book The author b 1962 is a Hungarian Heroes and Legends prolific writer with about 30 works of fiction This book was made into a film in Japan with the title The Professor s Beloved Euation This book and The Memory Police arerobably her two best known works in English Photo of a Japanese cottage from merrimackdesigncomThe author from Land of Fright - Collection II (Land of Fright Collections Book 2) pen onlinecom With only 192ages it is a breeze A delightful The Elders Speak pause A little gem of fantasmagoricroportions An ode to maths And a Dennis The Menace moment
In Nostalgia The Dennisnostalgia The Dennis Menace momentview spoiler I feel a bit of remorse about that one Not enough though sad to say It was the end of tenth grade The last day in math class Our Hitleresue teacher with her wooden ruler with the metal strip on the one side enjoyed a sadistic leasure in wrapping us over our knuckles with the metal side if we did not know the answers to her uestions in maths class Usually we did know it but was scared out of our wits and could not get any sound out She did that for three years with everyone crossing the threshold of all her classes Girls school tyranny She was the only one with those tendencies though Her loud shrill grating voice scared any joy in maths out of our existence That day when she asked us who wanted to continue with maths I thought it was time I ushed my hand into the air confident and smiling right around my head I was the only one grinning the daylights out of her Mrs Terror burst out in tears Right there Nobody ever dared look her in the eyes I kept on smiling for five minutes and she kept on crying buckets full Then I said Oh miss lease don t cry I was only joking She left the classroom The class laughed till the tears flowed down the hallways Okay so I was 15 years old then and a little bit immature to have Dennis as role model but hey who needs to grow up fast The oint is I despised that teacher so much that I did not want to continue with her classes I left maths behind That s the sad Craft Notes for Animators part She was fired a year later Inuiries took that long Apparently too many students gave up maths Too late for many of us hide spoiler An enjoyable Japanese novel that scatters numbers and facts about the brain though it srimarily about friendship It feels light but Perception and the External World promptsrofound uestionsThe sitThe eponymous housekeeper is a young single mother herself the only child of a single mother with a ten year old son She becomes daily housekeeper to a former maths Popular Representations of Development professor whose head injury in 1975 means he only remembers the most recent 80 minuteslus things before 1975 nearly 20 years before the story is set 1992Numbers are now the Sister for Sale professor s life He works onroblems for magazine competitions and he comes alive when he spots numbers or The Blue Door (Threshold patterns to explain to his increasingly interested housekeeper When he discovers his housekeeper has a son he is adamant that the boy must come to the house after school and in the holidays he adores children and thinks their needs or his exaggeratederception of them are important than anything else Thus a relationship is built between the Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity prof and the boy nicknamed Root as in suare root based on numbers and baseball statistics His short memory span makes him an incrediblyatient teacherDespite all the notes he has to start each day each situation anew The hire and fire nature of a housekeeping agency has The Art of Standing Still parallelsTheracticalities and humour of coping with the A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, prof s condition are wellortrayed and the relationships are very touching The uestionsDespite the efforts of the housekeeper and her son the Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience professor s capacity for joy seems literally limited Is there muchoint having any sort of friendship with or giving happiness to someone who will not remember it The housekeeper and her son learn so much from the The War to End All Wars professor but does he get anything meaningful in return I think he benefits Even if hisleasure is transient it is still Death Comes for the Archbishop pleasure Even if he can t consciously recall it later it surely adds to his general sense of well being The fact his relationship with the housekeeper and her son develops to a deep bond implies a degree of memory and benefit If we really believed the only reason for being kind to someone was the certainty that they d remember it the world would be full of neglected babies and toddlers who developed into cold and disturbed adults Fortunately only a very feweople operate that way Don t be Mostly Mama put off by the numbersSome of the maths may be a little obscure for some readers but not fully understanding it shouldn t impair enjoyment of the book Therof s message is not about right answers but listening to and feeling numbers and there are times He is a brilliant math Professor with a The Naked Man peculiarroblem ever since a traumatic head injury he has lived with only eighty minutes of short term memory She is an astute young Housekeeper with a ten year old son who is hired to care for him And every morning as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew a strange and beautiful relationshi. .
Hen the assion borders on religious I needed this eternal truth I needed the sense that this invisible world was somehow ropped up by the visible one Somehow this line would help me find eaceRelated booksThis has some similarities with Mark Haddon s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time see my review HERE Iris Murdoch s The Word Child see my review HEREDavid Mitchell cites it as one of his five favourite Japanese novels updated August 2017 after Tsung Wei Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie prompted me to think about what I d written On originally reading a description of this novel I wondered if it was really for me Did I want to read about a Professor with a memory span of 80 minutes and the Housekeeper who assists him I m so glad I decided to read it and I m happy to have my own copy This story of memory math building aseudo family where no relationship has existed before is full of love and compassion The emotions are mostly expressed in mathematical theorems cooking and random touch but it is Patagonia Express palpable throughout the book I had to remind myself repeatedly that this is a novel not a memoir It feels like life a life beautifully lived The emotions are still high as I write this reviewThe blending of the math into the arc of life is amazing I am a mathhobe and always have been I could feel my resistance wearing down while reading and a subtle understanding of why others love the world of numbers beginning to grow The Professor and the housekeeper would be Predator pleasedHighly recommended for its sensitive treatment of relationshipsAddendum 1513 I realize that I truly love this book and it has only risen in my esteem over time Therefore I am going to change its rating to the 5 stars itrobably should have been initially Happy Cubs opening day 2018 has not been the reading year I had lanned on so far Real life and the stress that goes with it have gotten in the way of being able to focus on reading Hopefully that changes In the meantime in honor of the Cubs first home game this year I am reposting my favorite baseball book from last year a lovely novella that I am fortunate did not fly under my radar The Housekeeper and the Professor was recommended to me by my Goodreads friend Diane because she knows that I love baseball This March Japan is articipating in the World Baseball Classic so I found this slim novel to be a reminder that America s Seven Days in Utopia pastime is nowlayed happily all over the world Yoko Ogawa has been a leading Japanese novelist for twenty years In this touching story she creates a family out of a housekeeper her ten year old son and the math Lots of Love professor whose cottage they were asked to tend to The Professor is a math genius but seventeen yearsrior to the events of this novel he suffered brain trauma in an accident As a result his short term memory is only 80 minutes long and he clips notes to his suit in order to remember important information Fortunately the math theorems for which he earned a PhD and many honors as well as his ability to teach them remain intact Yet despite this brilliant mind he is unable to care for himself because of the memory loss and reuires a full time Housekeeper to assist him at home His sister would rather that he not have a housekeeper however because she believes that she can care for him herself She does not exhibit any love toward her brother and makes his condition out to be worse than it is so that no Reclaiming Love person is willing to fill theosition It takes a special Vegangelical person to care for those with memory loss I have seen that first hand in my life The Housekeeper is a single mother She is the first Housekeeper who stayed with the Professor for than one day because she overlooked his 80 minute memory loop Rather she embraced learning abstract mathematical concepts such as amicable numberserfect numbers and the Defender of Faith, Revised Edition professor s love forrime numbers When he finds out that she is a working mother he insists that she brings her son to work What ensues is a touching relationship between the Professor and ten year old Root Ogawa is able to bridge the gap between the most unlikely of friends by writing about numbers as the universal language The Professor says that G D made numbers before No escuches su canción de trueno people and theroofs were always there waiting to be discovered She inserts actual mathematical Being the Best Me proofs rather than writing about them which both speeds up the novel and allows the Housekeeper to know the Professor on his level This gap is also bridged by Root and the Professor s shared love of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team As a multigenerational fan of the same team I have seen first hand how baseball is than a game but a love shared by families This is evident as therofessor fixes his radio so that Root can listen to games and together they follow the Tigers on their drive toward the Witch Creek (Wildlands pennant Because baseball is a game of numbers Ogawa includes statistics androbability in order to show that the Professor loves the game as much as children do What touched me the most coincidentally is the Professor s love of the number 28 because to him it is a Sleight (AVRA-K perfect number that was worn by his favorite Tigersitcher in the days when his memory was lucid enough to remember him Slave Labor Graphics Titles pitching a no hitter Today our favorite Cubsitcher wears number 28 He is a control Top Tips for IELTS Academic pitcher who is capable ofitching a no hitter every number 28 He is a control The Creative Writing Handbook pitcher who is capable ofitching a no hitter every out and attended Dartmouth of the Ivy League His nickname The Professor Being a mother of a boy close in age to Root who loves both baseball and math as well as one who has seen older family members succumb to memory loss I felt like I could relate to the characters in this story In her last years my grandmother could not remember how old I was or how many kids I had or that I had kids at all but if I mentioned Ernie Banks her eyes lit up Thus I was moved by the
relationship of the three characters in this slim novel and enjoyed trying to solve theof the three characters in this slim novel and enjoyed trying to solve the Water Death (Outbound, proofs along with the housekeeper and hoped upon hope that therofessor s dementia would improve even though from experience I knew it would not Ogawa is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this story that brings together an untraditional family who is drawn to the beauty of the numbers of baseball 5 star read A wonderful heart warming story about unlikely friendshipsand mathand baseball I decided to grab this one for my Japanese reading challenge for 2018 and it was the Between the Savior and the Sea perfect story to begin reading It s heavy into math which I must say I m a bit rusty on I was at one time fascinated by numbers going to the highest level of math courses in college and working for my college mathrofessor But thenI just lost interest in numbers as along came computers NerdThe story is of the friendship of the housekeeper and the New Rational Therapy professor Therofessor had an accident some number of years ago and his memory only lasts 80 minutes He s uite the sight for the housekeeper wearing a suit with Written in the Stars (Cricket Creek, post it notesinned all over his suit to remind of things he will soon forget He has his memory rior to the accident but after that it only lasts 80 minutes But he is a math genius and relates everything to math When he first meets his new housekeeper he asks her shoe size and hone number and recounting the tale of those specific numbers And so begins their daily dance But over time they have an impact on one another The housekeepers son comes around and the Modern Engineering Statistics professor helps to teach him the housekeeper becomes enad by numbers and they all share their fondness of baseball A unlikely friendship that lasts a lifetime for the three of themI listened to this one via audio and it was wonderful Cassandra Campbell is an awesome narrator and I have listened to her numerous times and loved each narration I also grabbed therint which was available at my library so I could reference when numbers and euations were discussed I m so happy that I Hearts picked this one up A short special read for anyone who is a fan of math a fan of baseball or who wants a really good feel good story Amicable numbersair of keyrings Nerd Romance Not that kind of love story but a sad sweet story about an unlikely friendship between a brilliant mathematician his housekeeper and her son There is love just no romance The Professor is 64 years old He suffered a brain injury at age 47 He has an 80 minute retention for new memories ever since his accident He covers his suit in notes to remember new information He loves math numbers children and his favorite baseball team the Hanshin Tigers His favorite The Silver Nightingale player is the legendary strikeoutitcher Yutaka Enatsu Except for the son who the Professor calls Root because the top of his head is flat like a suare root sign none of them have names There is also the Professor s Sister in law or the Widow she manages the Professor s affairs and hires the Housekeeper The mathematician s ersonality is usually credited as based on the Hungarian mathematician Paul Erd s 26 March 1913 20 September 1996 because Erd s biography The Man Who Loved Numbers is in the bibliography Although the disabling injury is strictly Ogawa s Professor Erd s worked rolifically until his fatal heart attack at a conference in Warsaw He is shown here with mathematician rock star Terence Tao in 1985Image Grace Tao The Hanshin Tigers one of Japan s oldest Delicious Danger (Phoenix Agency, professional teams and Yutaka Enatsu born 15 May 1948 featurerominently in the story Root and the Professor are fans The importance of a treasured baseball card collection is التفاحة والذرة - اثنتا عشرة حكاية من الفيزياء المعاصرة part of their friendship Since Enatsu had retired long before Root was born he d gone to the library to find out about him He learned that he had a career record of 206 wins 158 losses 193 saves with 2987 strikeouts He d hit a home run in his second at bat as aro he had short fingers for a Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, pitcher He d struck out his great rival Sadaharu Oh than any otheritcher but he d also surrendered the most home runs to him In the course of their rivalry however he d never hit Oh with a Not for Nothing pitch During the 1968 season he set a world record with 401 strikeouts and after the 1975 season the year the Professor s memory came to an end he d been traded to the Nankai HawksHe d chosen 28 Enatsu hadlayed his whole career with P blossoms between them Though he cannot hold memories for long his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant euations from the Eagles Claw past And the numbers in all of their articulate order reveal a sheltering andoetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son The Professor is capabl. .
Perfect number on his back 28 Yutaka EnatsuYou can enjoy the book without an appreciation of baseball or mathematics but they would be a Superman/Doomsday plus Amicable Number If two numbers are such that the sum of theerfect divisors of one number is eual to the other number and the sum of the Summers Family Affair perfect divisors of the other number is eual to the first number then the numbers are called Amicable Numbershttpwwwmymathtablescomnumbersd Life by the NumbersNumbers are everywhere Real Natural Imaginary Perfect Amicable Abundant Deficient Triangular Prime including both Mersenne and Pernicious as well as Twins to name a few And they re all here in The Housekeeper and the Professor which Ms Ogawa wrote in 2007 The Professor is of mathematics and has amnesia the housekeeper is devoted and has a son This melange constitutes the cast of a charming story of mathematics and love subjects with a connection that is less than obvious But there is a connection and it is fundamental androfound For a mathematician defined by intensity of temperament not level of education numbers are not simply classified as kinds or types They are living species with distinctive genetic characteristics with real family resemblances and lasting relationships indeed with ersonalities Some are rare some shy some awkward some maddeningly unpredictable Some may be hidden in infinity some are waiting desperate to be identified and some may even be the last of their line but we can t be sure The ultimate mathematical accolade afforded to any number is to give it a family name a formula by which all its relatives can be identified even those we haven t met yet Thus the sum of all the numbers from 1 to 10 euals 55 But that is just this number s first name as it were It s family name is nn 12n All the numbers 1 to n in this family are related to each other and have this name The numbers themselves have always known this we as thinking human beings who aren t numbers took some considerable time to recognise the fact Numbers as living things of course interbreed They may be members of different families simultaneously Plotting out the sister and brothers and cousins and aunts and the in laws of numerical familial relations is what keeps mathematicians up at night There are so many interesting genetic modifications so many hidden liaisons so many ueer numbers waiting and roudly wanting to be outed And the discovery of new families increases the Women on the Hill possible connections among all the families There s no end to the funBut why is such an appreciation of numbers of significance in aiece of fiction about amnesia I think the answer to this uestion is best found through a comparison The American novelist Nicole Krauss Waiting for Aphrodite published her first book Man Walks Into a Room in 2002 Her novel has the sameremise as Ogawa s namely the condition of amnesia in a man who has suffered severe trauma Both books then explore the relationship between memory and feelings in the victim on the residual emotional bonds the victim maintains from his Pirateship Down (Sentinels of New Orleans past as well as their ability to create new relationships of intimacyOgawa s amnesiac is even disabled than Krauss s because the Professor s condition is anterograde amnesia which inhibits the creation of any new memories So his memory store consists of his life up to his early 30 slus the last 80 minutes which recycles like a CarCam with a 16GB memory card The condition of Krauss s victim is merely retrograde meaning historical memories only are affected He has as it were started a new reel in the film of his life the entirety of this reel is available to himIt is clear from the beginning that Krauss s story is going to end tragically Samson Greene her The Sand-Reckoner protagonist whose trauma erased his memory back to his adolescence is an emotional goner His wife is not merely a stranger to him she also evokes not the least emotional response in him nor do any of the mementoeshotographs and other trinkets of their life together It is Aztlan possible in fact that Samson isermanently crippled emotionally Loss of memory is the euivalent of a comprehensive loss of affection and affective ability He sadly for the reader also has not the slightest inclination to re kindle his marriage and considers himself none the worse for it He is not cruel merely ennuied his strongest emotion is melancholyOgawa tells a very different story Although her mathematics Professor has a blank memory from his early 30 s his emotions are still stirred by the son of his housekeeper with whom he immediately feels an intense relationship of care Despite the fact that the Professor must re create this relationship every day from scratch it in fact deepens on the basis of the mathematical tutorial that he has undertaken with the boy and his mother His memory is blank yet he has some level of residual emotional instinct and his capacity for relationship to his ast life still existsI think that it is only in comparison with each other that both these novels can be recognised as rofound metaphysical statements contradictory to each other but self verifying by the Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, protagonistserhaps even to their authors If I am correct the responses of readers will depend Boyfriends from Hell primarily on the fundamentalresumptions they hold not just about life but about existence itself Here s whyKrauss resents about life but about existence itself Here s whyKrauss resents decidedly Aristotelian vision of the world Samson Greene is a hysical scientist He is a materialist in the sense that he lives in a world of strict cause and effect Memory is a necessary causal condition for Samson s emotions Everything must
a cause and all causes are material in character no memory no emotion The causeeffect chain in his brain has been interrupted The result is not simply that he doesn t recognise his wife he doesn t recognise himself He has lost his identity He cannot remember his own name While he mildly regrets these facts he feels nothing about themOgawa s Professor is Platonist rather than Aristotelian He lives in a world of Platonic forms the apotheosis of which are numbers that are independent not only him but of the world itself Numbers are contained in the notebooks of God himself In effect numbers are attributes of God eternal erfect trustworthy and most significantly uncreated They are not The Contemporaries part of any chain of cause and effect Yet their reality mysteriously governs the world They are unaffected by the Professor s injury and thereforerovide what is a spiritual continuity in a materially interrupted life While these number forms cannot compensate for the Professor s material deficiency they ermit him to keep his identity which for a Platonist is a spiritual not a material entity Numbers also mediate his current otherwise fleeting relationships which spiritual things as wellConseuently Krauss s story is one of irretrievable tragedy Irretrievable because the gap in causality can never be recovered The gap is a hole into which Samson s existence has fallen He continues to be in the world but as a fundamentally altered being That same gap exists for the Professor and is just as materially unrecoverable But the number forms maintain their influence and remind his material body on a daily basis of their existence and his They evoke the Professor s emotions articularly love which are not materially but spiritually grounded The Professor is debilitated but his ontology his mode of being is what it has always been Samson suffers mildly but has no real grief He is now something other than human He will Steampunk Erotica probably function adeuately and beerceived as normal if somewhat aloof by the world at large The Professor on the other hand may be Poker Slave pitiable to some like his sister in law and he does suffer often intensely But he is notitiable to his housekeeper and her son Through To the Golden Shore practical love and instinctive respect they adapt to his condition and learn to live in his Platonic world to their benefit as well as his In a small but important way he has improved the worldToward the end of Ogawa s book she has the Professor write a formula as a insistent communication to his sister in law This formula is known as Euler s Identity after the 18th century Swiss mathematician It has been called the most beautiful formula in mathematics Its beauty lies in its synthesis of at least four fundamentally different mathematical universes Transcendental Imaginary Natural and Irrational numbers Each of these mathematical families has a genetic character as distinct as say the genetics of an earthworm and a human being On the face of it they should have no family connections whatsoever But this isrecisely what Euler s Identity shows they do have It is an unparalleled abduction or intuitive leap that couldn t have been arrived at by logical deduction or empirical inductionThe significance of Euler s Identity in the book is reasonably clear It is the Professor s way of expressing the synthesis of the worlds that he his sister in law his housekeeper and her son are living in Each is included without being denied just as each mathematical family is included without being negated or changed in the Identity A brilliant literary as well as mathematical insight thereforeI have no idea if Ogawa has everHave A Cause And All Causes Are Material In Character
Read Krauss Or IfKrauss or if has whether she intended to write a fictional riposte to Krauss s Aristotelian materialism Regardless the two books certainly help to demonstrate what I think is the essential Indulge (Warm Delicacy, point of the other It makes a fundamental difference in our lives what implicithilosophy we assimilate or adopt Tabloid City perhaps without any awareness of the event Perhaps we are simply born into one tendency or another without theossibility of choiceIn either case I am an inveterate Platonist and like the Professor find numbers unaccountably comforting Who knows they might even help me through my increasingly deficient aged memory So for me Ogawa has written something far than a merely charming Kirkland Revels piece of fiction She has either intentionally or inadvertently addressed a fundamental issue of human existence Thank you Ms OgawaSee for a discussion of the implications of these two books as a critiue of science generallySee for another literary use of number theory. E of discovering connections between the simplest of uantities like the Housekeeper’s shoe size and the universe at large drawing their lives ever closer androfoundly together even as his memory slips away The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the To Him Who Sits on the Throne present and about the curious euations that can create a fami.