The Mind-body Problem

Paperback | March 1, 1993

byRebecca Goldstein

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The hilarious underground bestseller about one woman’s pursuit of carnal pleasure—and the philosophy that gets in the way.

When Renee Feuer goes to college, one of the first lessons she tries to learn is how to liberate herself from the restrictions of her Orthodox Jewish background. As she discovers the pleasures of the body, Renee also learns about the excitements of the mind. She enrolls as a philosophy graduate student, then marries Noam Himmel, the world-renowned mathematician.

But Renee discovers that being married to a genius is a less elevating experience than expected, and that the allure of sex still beckons. Her quest for a solution to the conflicting demands of sensuality and spirit is a touching and always humorous adventure.

“Terrific. . . . The first fifty or so pages are so clever and funny that I had to put the book down and go to the fridge to cool off.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A terrific first novel . . . Goldenstein is intelligent and perceptive, bawdy and witty—an articulate writer of great talent.”—The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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The hilarious underground bestseller about one woman’s pursuit of carnal pleasure—and the philosophy that gets in the way. When Renee Feuer goes to college, one of the first lessons she tries to learn is how to liberate herself from the restrictions of her Orthodox Jewish background. As she discovers the pleasures of the body, Renee al...

Rebecca Goldstein graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in the philosophy of science. She has taught philosophy at Barnard. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140172459

ISBN - 13:9780140172454

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from In Praise or Fear of Genius? Ms. Goldstein is a gifted writer and she is well-versed in several, dashing, scientific fields that are close to the theory of everything, including general relativity, quantum physics, and mathematical epistemology. Alas, Einstein, Heisenberg, and Gödel, three revered names whose thought cannot be used to form a complete sentence. They have left us, they have departed, and our predicament is that because of them, we neither know what time it is, nor in what place we are. Must genius be demonic? Or do we, the lesser souls, make it so for fear of losing our place in the minor world that we know. Ms. Goldstein entertains this subject, our praise and fear, and helps us in the familiar person of her heroine, Renee Feuer, and in the darkness of his genius, of Noam Himmel, the discoverer, at the age of twelve, of the “supernatural numbers.” Feuer (or Erdman, if you like) and Himmel, like earth and sky. Some readers may find this book to be comical, but I don’t have that sense of humor, and I hope that instead, this book may help us to regard the genius amongst us with more compassion, less fear, and greater utility. Ms. Goldstein has books to follow, and her academic credentials suggest that there is some serious and concerted seeking going on that might help to lift us from our dilemma of time and space, or place, if nothing else.
Date published: 2000-12-18