How hard is it to write a book about an abstruse subject? Steve Nadis is determined to find out. Here is one of his personal progress reports:
Yesterday I met with a prominent mathematician (a number theorist) to discuss my book, which involves math and string theory and vice versa. Early on in our conversation, when I confessed to not being up on certain math concepts, he said: “I think you’re going to have a hard time writing this book.” We talked some more and before long reached another of those junctures where I did not know what I should have known and he mentioned again, “I think you’re going to have a hard time writing this book.” I shrugged it off, we continued our conversation, and before long I hit another tough spot and he interjected, once again, with the familiar refrain. Well, three times a charm, as they say, and this time I believed him: I AM going to have a hard time writing this book.