Mathnovels
This page was initiated on April 25, 2008 and is online since July 24, 2011 by Oliver Knill Department of Mathematics, Harvard University. See also Math in Movies.Michael Milford, A question of Will: A mathematics thriller about 16 year old Will Graham who needs to find out why somebody killed his uncle. Accused as a terrorist, he is hunted not only by police but also by the madman killer. Trailer and Tutorials and Worksheets about the over 20 math bits woven into the story. |
Christos Papadimitriou, Turing: This novel about computation is essentially a novel incarnation of a popular computer science book. Turing, the interactive turoring program explains some "pop" themes in the mathematics of computation. |
Arturo Sangalli, Pythagorean Revenge: Originally planned as a popular mathbook, it became a novel. And what a good one. Features for example a nice exposition about the 15 puzzle, the pythagoreans, or randomness. |
Tefcros Michaelides, Pythagorean Crimes: A thriller about a mystery murder committed for mathematical reasons. Features the international Congress of Mathematicians in 1900. |
Mark Cohen, The Fractal Murders (2004): A detective roman in which several mathematicians working on fractals were killed. The Harvard mathematics department and especially the main office is featured in this book. |
Donald Knuth, Surreal numbers (1974): A love story in which two mathematicians find themselves alone on an island. A stone reveals a strange axiom system for numbers, the surreal numbers |
Apostolos Doxiadis: Uncle Petros and the Goldbach conjecture (1992): The story of a boy who after failing to solve a challenge given to him by his onlcle becomes a mathematician. |
Rudy Rucker: Mathematicians in Love (2006): A gnarly cyberpunk SciFi romantic love triangle comedy. |
Ben Mezrich: Bringing down the house (2002): A few MIT Students take down Vegas. |
Edwin Abbott: Flatland (1884): The archetype of a math novel which explains the difficulty to see higher dimensional space. |