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Janna Levin
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Born in Texas and raised in Chicago, Janna Levin is currently a professor of mathematics and physics at Barnard and Columbia universities. She holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been Scientist-in-Residence at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford and an Advanced Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. Levin is the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots, published in 2003 by Anchor.

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How the Universe Got Its Spots
Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
Written by Janna Levin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.00

Is the universe infinite or just really big? With this question, the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science. For even as she sets out... Read more >

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Written by Janna Levin


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 19, 2009
Price: $11.99

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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Written by Janna Levin


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $15.00

Winner of 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Finalist
Winner of the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work


Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII... Read more >
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