博士の愛した数式 - The Housekeeper and the Professor 🎓🧮 (Intermediate Book Club)

On an unrelated note. Just stumbled over 小川洋子’s thoughts about this book in my “Read Real Japanese”

Has anyone read 『博士の愛した数式』を巡って and knows if it is spoilery? Would otherwise really like to read it beforhand to get used to her writing style.

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Oh @Kumirei one final request please if I may: Could you post (or send me - my email address is in my profile) a pic of the first two or so pages of your book? I’d like to compare the amount of text, because maybe the physical book really contains less text per page compared to other books? (Still puzzled by this page numbering thing tbh)
Thank you!

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No problem

Pretty cover

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Thank you, that helped a lot! There seems to be not too much difference to other books, text-amount-wise… So it’s probably not worth trying to come up with a slightly more compressed schedule (especially as we can hit the end of a chapter every other week, which I like). :woman_shrugging:

EDIT: I added tentative breakdown to the OP; please have a look and comment!

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I vote: read before but will enjoy following along with the book club, yay.

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Whoa this Hakase edition looks HUGE (when compared with the graded readers)! Is this a special edition?

For the sake of the reading schedule, could you maybe compare the contents of the first few pages with the pictures Kumirei posted above, to see whether the pages are the same?.. Thx!

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Maybe it’s the perspective in the photo? I don’t think it is any bigger than a regular novel. The chapter page numbers and images all match. Here’s the inside cover of mine.

Edit: mine is A6 size/文庫本

Oh good, thank you for double-checking! Probably your graded readers are smaller than mine because they are of a higher level? I only own a set of Level 2 ones (from the same series as yours).

My graded readers are A5 while most of my novels are A6, just like yours. (I.e. they are twice the size!) But on your picture the novel and the graded reader look like they are almost the same size, so I went :scream: for a moment :joy_cat:

BTW I like the text on that marketing banner! Let’s brace ourselves… :roll_of_toilet_paper: :sob:

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I had set up a vote for the start date of this book club in the Intermediate thread, and it just occurred to me that I should probably cross-post it here as well so that everybody can have say who wants to:

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I would love to read this book, but I am not sure whether I am on the required level (I just reached WK 40). I have read the book in German and I liked it very much.

For those who would be interested in the German edition: it is called " Das Geheimnis der Eulerschen Formel". I found it in a small bookshop in Munich, but it is also available at amazon.

I’ll buy the Japanese edition and see if I can keep up with the club’s pace.

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Welcome to the club!

Unfortunately the WK level alone does not say too much about your other Japanese skills, but since you asked, I’d say level 40 sounds totally fine (especially if you decide to read a digital copy where you have a lookup option, but it should also be fine for the paper edition).
For Japanese in general, I’d say if you have N3 or equivalent knowledge, that should be sufficient. With N4, you might struggle a bit more, but it won’t be impossible if you are willing to put in the energy. You can always ask questions in the threads, and usually questions will get answers quickly.

I must say I’m much more fond of the German title than of the English one which sounds a bit… dunno… “cheap”?
(The German title says “The secret of Euler’s formula”)

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I just bought the bookwalker e-book version. Is there a lookup option for bookwalker e-books? If I read in the browser I could use rikaichamp, but I would rather read with the bookwalker app on an Android tablet.

Not sure about lookup in the web version, but in the iOS app I can hold my finger on a word and I will get a popup that has an entry called “Dict”. This will give me results from my dictionaries for that entry. I’d suspect the Android app works in the same way.
(If you don’t see any results, you may want to select “Manage” in the lower left corner to pick the dictionaries you want to use. Or maybe configure them in some other way…)

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Surely you mean entry called 辞書? :wink:

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The lookup with Rikaichamp does not work in the browser reader, as you can’t mark text in this view. In the Android app, Google translate is used to translate the selected text. The online help does not mention a possibility to configure other dictionaries.

Hm, I see, that’s sad to hear :frowning:

Google translate is better than nothing. And from there I can copy/paste into other dictionaries.

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I thought so too until recently, but you actually can. You need to hold the mouse click down a bit until you get a cursor. Then you can select text and it opens up a separate window, where you can hover for rikaichamp to read it. Talk about unintuitive…

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Good news. I just found an Android app named kaku which can do a dictionary lookup based on OCR. The handling is a bit unusual, but it works on all apps including bookwalker. You have a frame that you have to move and adjust on the text you want to translate. With a double click kaku simply opens a window on top of the running app.
Here is a screenshot from the first page of the book:

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Wow, that looks amazing! Glad there is such a great solution available for you :slight_smile:

Will keep that in mind for the next time when I need it, thanks!

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