The most successful German novel since Patrick Süskind's Perfume.
Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment - the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. Daniel Kehlmann has produced a novel of rare charm and readability, distinguished by its sly humor and unforgettable characterization.
A fascinating story beautifully told. The narration was a pleasure to listen to.
Apparently about maths, and there's plenty of that, but really a reflection on life.
My only complaint is that it was too short.