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For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard's allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there's more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant--and cunning--minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he'll need both his genius and his faith to survive.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781441262752
ISBN-13: 9781441262752
Availability: In Stock

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Robertson's Latest Mix of Rich History
and Deadly Murder

For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard's allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there's more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant--and cunning--minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he'll need both his genius and his faith to survive.

Author Bio

Paul Robertson is a full-time software developer and the author of five novels, including Dark in the City of Light, Road to Nowhere, and The Heir. He is also a former Christian bookstore owner (for 15 years), who lives with his family in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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  1. Victory Girl
    NW Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging book to read
    February 6, 2014
    Victory Girl
    NW Washington
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for An Elegant Solution.
    This is a challenging review for me to write as "An Elegant Solution" by Paul Robertson is a challenging book to read. I found it to be very cerebral (which I normally enjoy), but very wordy. Some parts seemed to really drag for me while other parts of the book, I just couldn't put down. This is not a book that you can sit down to read with distractions.

    If you are confused by my review, join the club! I honestly can't make up my mind if I loved the book or didn't!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. KelS
    Miami, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mathematically Creative!
    January 26, 2014
    KelS
    Miami, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for An Elegant Solution.
    Do you like math and numbers? Complexity and mystery?

    Do you like books that have you turning impalpable corners, walking into dark alleys not knowing what lies ahead, apprehensive yet eager to continue on?

    Then this book is for you!

    This is my first novel I've read by author Paul Robertson and the feeling I get from this novel, this author was meant to write. His writing style is creative in his choice of words, colorful and expressive. I am one who loves to feel the characters of a book and his definitely come to life. He gives them meaning and purpose.

    An Elegant Solution centers around the main character, Leonhard Euler, a young math prodigy, who suffers a devastating loss in his family and is brought to live with Master Johann who is a demanding teacher. He soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies and suspected of murdering Jacob

    Bernoulli. Set in a small town of European community, the elite of all Europe of vying for the position of being the best ~ and will stop at nothing to accuse others of murder. Poor Leonhard is definitely the scapegoat of many of the scholars and leans on his own experience and expertise in math to find his way out with an elegant solution.

    The twist of math and christianity is unique as it's not normally a combination one would find harmonized. One of my favorite quotes from the book is Leonhard's grandmother telling him "family is for peace ~ there is trouble enough outside your door." This book is lush with detail and contains players that are both intense and charismatic. The only flaw with this book is that it is not a light read - don't expect to pick it up and read it in one sitting. In fact, you may have to stop and ponder often what the author means by a phrase or tone.

    Does it help to have a background in math? Sure, it certainly would but overall, it's still a unique read. I would certainly entertain another book by this author based on this one.

    *Disclaimer: I received this book for an honest review from Bethany House, a division of the Baker Publishing Group and was not required to write a positive review. Any reflection of such is my own.
  3. Houston writer
    Houston, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Convoluted and frustrating
    January 3, 2014
    Houston writer
    Houston, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for An Elegant Solution.
    While long a Paul Robertson fan, I found this to be the most convoluted and frustrating of books. This can only be recommnded for those who fall asleep while reading. It was difficult to keep track of the characters, motives, and dialogue. It will go directly into the donate box rather than on my bookshelf for a reread.
  4. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Robertson's Latest Mix of Rich History and Deadly Murder.

    For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard's allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

    Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there's more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant--and cunning--minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he'll need both his genius and his faith to survive.

    My review:

    I would definitely place this title on the "Intellectual Intrigue" shelf. I'm more of a mystery and historical romance sort of gal, and this one was so different and distinctively colorful. Rich in descriptions and character development, it was an instant win on my list. It was a mystery, drama, sci-fi with a refreshing historical backdrop that was marvelously stunning, remarkable and brilliant.

    The attention to detail is particularly astounding, and I commend Robertson for the excellent writing that brings the life of Swiss physicist and mathematician Leonhard Euler to life. My favorite moment was when Leonhard solved the Reciprocal Squares, a problem that no one in his field was able to solve. This novel was so different than what I'm used to reading, and I was impressed all around with the story contained therein. Something different for anybody that is sick of the same drivel in writing.

    This book was provide by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  5. mary
    nc
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If you love Sherlock Holmes and Big bang Theory th
    December 6, 2013
    mary
    nc
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for An Elegant Solution.
    If you are searching for a great book to curl up by a warm fire with - this IS THE BOOK!!!

    If you enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and love to watch The Big bang Theory, this is the book you have waiting for! The story is set in 18th Century Switzerland and the characters include the greatest minds of that era. The History is accurate as are the characters to their reputations. Leonard Euler was a real mathematician and Christian and the Bernoullis ( who are over the Chair of Math) in the story were real! The characters include some of the finest mathematical minds of all times and this historical fiction is leaps and bounds above any other I have read!! Historical landmarks of Basel are detailed including the Barefoot Square, the bridge over the Rhine, the Munster. I would not be surprised if this book is made into a multimillion dollar motion picture due to the detailed picture graphics and incredible detail to facts!This book is a work of suspense, intellect, and mystery cocooned in the adornment of Gods divine glory and power as ruler of the universe and master of creation!! He makes a strong statement of how math was created by God and is dependent on God to work, and that God purposefully sealed math into His divine creation. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing a review, but that did not give the book a good review, it is simply one of the best books I have ever read!!!
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