Princeton University, 1980. A young and unambitious
librarian named Anna Roth is assigned the task of retrieving the records of
Kurt Gödel—the most fascinating and hermetic mathematician of the twentieth
century. Her mission consists of befriending and ultimately taming the great
man’s widow, Adele, a notoriously bitter woman set on taking belated revenge
against the establishment by refusing to hand over these documents of
immeasurable historical value.
But as Anna soon finds out, Adele has a story of her own to
tell. Through descriptions of Princeton and Vienna after the war, the
occupation of Austria by the Nazis, the pressures of McCarthyism, the end of
the positivist ideal, and the advent of nuclear weapons, Anna discovers
firsthand the epic story of a genius who could never quite find his place in
the world—and the private torment of the woman who loved him. Download and start listening now!