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Click below to buy an ebook from your preferred supplier. Add to Wishlist. A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point the story of one of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time. Simultaneously a narrative and an enquiry, the production crosses three continents and several histories, to weave a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand.
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More filters. Sort order. Mar 07, Janika rated it really liked it Shelves: plays.
I really liked the way mathematics and numbers were interlinked with emotions, relationships of the characters and events taking place. It was so subtle, you could almost miss it. But if looking closer, it was all there - a great network of references. The formulae which lie behind our lives.
The layers of different space and time entwined elegantly into one. Nevertheless, as I read the foreword before reading the play, I was aware of the real events, which inspired the play. Too aware, which kin I really liked the way mathematics and numbers were interlinked with emotions, relationships of the characters and events taking place. Too aware, which kind of ruined the whole thing for me. Some things started to be just documentary descriptions and others fictional illustrations.
In this case, I would have preferred to be the ignorant reader. Feb 19, Alif Abdul rated it it was amazing. This play is brilliant! The fact that the writer can turn Maths and Science into art forms, McBurney is a genius. I didn't think it was possible. My favorite quote from the play : "What reconciles me to my own death more than anything else is the image of a place: a place when your bones and mine are buried, thrown, uncovered together. They are strewn there pell-mell.
One of your ribs leans against my skull. A metacarpal of my left hand lies inside your pelvis. Against my broken ribs your breast This play is brilliant! Against my broken ribs your breast like a flower. The hundred bones of our feet are scattered like gravel. It is strange that this image is our proximity, concerning as it does mere phosphate of calcium, should bestow a sense of peace. Yet it does. With you I can imagine a place where to be phosphate of calcium is enough. Sep 04, Rachel rated it really liked it.
I saw the production at the Barbican in , and while it wasn't my favorite play I've ever seen, it stayed with me nonetheless Especially the scenes with Al on the phone with Barbara. I remember being so charmed by the relationship between a character onstage and a character presented only as a voiceover. I'm glad I found a copy of the script so I can revisit it over 10 years later. It's a beautiful balance of mathematics, art, philosophy, string theory, and romance.
I recommend you check i I saw the production at the Barbican in , and while it wasn't my favorite play I've ever seen, it stayed with me nonetheless I recommend you check it out! Oct 21, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I saw this play in Sydney and I loved it.
It is the only play where I have found myself so immersed in the story that I forgot I was in a theatre. Reading the play did bring it back for me. Additionally, I was able to more easily ponder on some of the mathematical concepts and their relevance to the characters.
lomatuqaragy.tk: A Disappearing Number (Oberon Modern Plays) ( ): Simon McBurney (Theatre Complicite): Books. Called ' Mesmerizing' by the New York Times, 'A Disappearing Number' is a brilliant play, aided with original music composed by the award.
It was good to revisit it again. May 24, Michael Reffold rated it liked it. Oct 10, Rita rated it it was amazing. I give this 5 stars after having seen the play. I first read it, and it was hard for me to follow, as it jumps from scene to scene suddenly, and with no regard for a linear timeline. I had trouble visualizing it, but the production I saw brought it to life and made it an amazing theater experience for me.
The foundation is definitely there in the text, and what shines through even in the whirlwind of storytelling that is this play is the beautiful relationship between the fictional mathematician I give this 5 stars after having seen the play. The foundation is definitely there in the text, and what shines through even in the whirlwind of storytelling that is this play is the beautiful relationship between the fictional mathematician, Ruth, and her eventual husband, Al. This was the highlight of the play for me, more so than the remarkable and tragic true story of the real-life Indian mathematician Ramanujan, because this relationship was expressed so honestly and tenderly that I was affected by these characters much more so than Ramanujan, who remains a remote figure throughout the play.
I would say A Disappearing Number is actually a love story that is influenced by the mathematics of Ramanujan, and its last paragraph is one of the most touching declarations of love I have ever read. Dec 08, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: plays , british.