MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Evil Genius (2005)
Catherine Jinks
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I am pleased to report that the titular "evil genius" in this children's novel is not the stereotypical cold mathematician in so many other works of mathematical fiction. In fact, the title character is a very intelligent fourteen year old boy being raised to be a villain. However, contrary to the wishes of his instructors at Dr. Darkkon's school of evil, a kinder side of his nature begins to bloom when he meets a brilliant and kind girl on the Internet. In fact, it is she who is the main source of mathematics in the book, frequently demonstrating her interest in the Queen of the Sciences by references to such obscure things as Stormer numbers.

Thanks to Hauke Reddmann for suggesting that I add this book to the database.

Contributed by Ella

This book is great in the young adult genre. When I read it, I just couldn't put it down. Although math is not the number one most important thing to this book, there still is a lot that I've learned from it.

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  2. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  3. Kim Possible (Episode: Mathter and Fervent) by Jim Peronto (script)
  4. Math Patrol by TV Ontario
  5. Panda Ray by Michael Kandel
  6. Magic Squares by Paul Calter
  7. PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
  8. Many Moons by James Thurber
  9. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua
  10. MathNet by Childrens Television Workshop
Ratings for Evil Genius:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Children's Literature, Adventure/Espionage,
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians,
TopicReal Mathematics,
MediumNovels,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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