## 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.

**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. |