Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing—no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space—could we create a universe using only math? Irreverent, richly illustrated, and boundlessly creative, The Big Bang of Numbers invites us to try.
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Manil Suri is a distinguished mathematics professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of the three bestselling novels, The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His work has been translated into 27 languages, and has been long listed for the Booker prize, shortlisted for the Pen Faulkner award, and won the Discover Prize. He has written several widely read pieces on mathematics as a former contributing opinion writer at the New York Times. He lives with his husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Suri will be in conversation with Eric Weiner. Weiner is an author, journalist, and writing instructor. His books include the New York Times bestsellers The Geography of Bliss and The Geography of Genius, as well as the critically acclaimed Man Seeks God and, his latest title, The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Eric is a former reporter for The New York Times and foreign correspondent for NPR. He is the recipient of several journalism and writing awards, including the 2022 Towson University Prize for Literature. Eric’s work has also appeared in the Atlantic, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the anthology "Best American Travel Writing." He lives in Silver Spring with his wife, daughter and a menagerie of animals.
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