This is the fascinating story of a brilliant, bewitching and enigmatic woman and the price she pays for daring to solve the greatest mystery of the mathematical world. Starting from obscure and humble beginnings in North Africa, she defies convention and rises in the contentious, male-dominated field of abstract mathematics to become a world-rewned number theorist. But she soon finds herself persona n grata among her colleagues, vilified in the public press and detained on suspicion of terrorism, her discovery considered a threat to the security of world governments and international finance. Paul Wilson, author of In the Wilderness of Zin, Hunger's Season and Blues By The Numbers, has given us a gripping tale of brilliant minds competing in their obsessive quest to discover the fundamental laws of nature. The Ishango Bone is full of surprising twists and turns that challenge one to question the very nature of truth itself.
Paul Hastings Wilson, winner of the Dana Award for Short Fiction, is the author of novels, novellas, short stories and poetry. His fiction takes the reader on journeys that plumb some of the most harrowing, bizarre and resonant byways of the human experience. They include spiritual quests, trials by fire, ribald digressions and detours into moral quagmires where consciousness is driven to the edge of an abyss. Examples include: In the Wilderness of Zin, concerning questions of justice and morality in the aftermath of a bloody revolution in North Africa; The Ishango Bone, concerning an enigmatic young woman from obscure and humble beginnings in North Africa who defies convention to rise in the contentious, male-dominated field of abstract mathematics to become a world-renowned number theorist and the price she pays for solving the greatest mystery of the mathematical world. Hunger's Season follows the adventures of an odd couple, an ex-baseball star of the Negro leagues and a young jazz musician, to explore the personal ambitions and conflicts of interest that arise among a vivid set of characters in diverse walks of life in a small Southern community in the early bitter and violent days of the Civil Rights Movement; Blues By the Numbers, the escapades of a Louisiana jazz band and its wry piano player and master signifier who is forced by a brutal incident of racial violence into monstrous behavior; The House On Horatio Street, a poignant murder mystery in the heart of the New York literary scene; Veins of the Earth, the anguish of a doting single parent entrapped in child abuse. A past senior editor at McGraw-Hill and a devotee of jazz, theater and the martial arts, Mr. Wilson has also co-authored Today: A Text-Workbook for English Language and Composition and Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Martial Art. Mr. Wilson's work has been published by Blue Atlas Press, McGraw-Hill, Center Magazine, Harper & Row and Avon Books, and a program on WBAI-FM radio in New York has been devoted to his poetry.