In this critically acclaimed international bestseller, Uncle Petros, a mathematical prodigy, has devoted much of his life to proving one of the greatest mathematical challenges: Goldbach’s Conjecture, the deceptively simple claim that every even number greater than two is the sum of two primes. His feverish and singular pursuit of this goal has defined his life. Now an older man, he is looked on with suspicion and shame by his family-until; his ambitious young nephew intervenes.
Seeking to understand his uncle’s mysterious mind, the narrator of this novel unravels his story, a dramatic tale set against a tableau of brilliant historical figures-among G. H. Hardy and a young Kurt Gödel. Meanwhile, as Petros recounts his own life’s work, a bond is formed between uncle and nephew, pulling each one deeper into mathematical obsession and risking their sanity.