Friday, November 4, 2022

Review of The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

This review was written by Eugene Kernes   

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There are many theoretic mathematic ideas that cannot readily be applied.  Isaac Severy is a famous mathematician, who applies mathematics of chaos theory to practical problems.  Applications such as predicting the flow of traffic, which can make transportation more efficient.  With Isaac’s predictive ability, Isaac knew when Isaac was going to die.  That gave time for Isaac to plan what to do with the equation.  Instructing the destruction of Isaac’s work, except for the equation, to an adopted granddaughter, Hazel. 

Hazel received a mysterious letter from Isaac, after Isaac perished.  Hazel, who is not mathematical like most of the Severy family, reluctantly deciphers Isaac’s cryptic instructions.  The problem is that the instructions indicated not to trust anyone, including the Severy family members.  But how is Hazel meant to resolve math related instructions.  Then again, Isaac often said that Hazel might not be a mathematician, but does have a logician’s mind.



There is a lot of mathematical esoterica.  Reading and considering the application of the different math can add a sense of fun and intellectual stimulation.  The mystery is still interesting even without understanding them.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?  Why do people read this book?
•What are some limitations of the book?
•To whom would you suggest the book?
•Who makes up the Severy family?
•How did Isaac’s life end?
•Who and why adopted Hazel and Gregory into the Severy family?
•What are the different mathematical esoterica presented in the book?
•How can math be used?
•What math has no application?
•What is Isaac Severy’s equation?
•Who wanted Isaac’s equation?  And what were they willing to do to obtain it?
•How is Hazel’s relationship with Isaac?
•Was Gregory justified in Gregory’s actions?

Book Details
Publisher:         Touchstone [Simon & Schuster]
Edition ISBN:  9781501184086
Pages to read:   333
Publication:     2018
1st Edition:      208
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          4
Overall           5