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Oh, Brother (2007)
Stanley Hart
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A serious mystery/adventure novella from an author better known as a script writer for the old Carol Burnett show. A professor solicits the help of his brother, a retired police detective, in order to find a friend who has disappeared mysteriously. The friend had claimed to have a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Further investigation ties the plot to the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and Israeli spies.

Unfortunately, the author does not seem to know enough about Fermat's Last Theorem or its history to make this tale interesting from a mathematical point of view. (He merely says Fermat "had come up with a solution to a heretofore intractable conundrum of mathematics", which isn't even quite accurate.)

This story together with another by the same author was published in 2007 under the title Two Novellas. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for bringing it to my attention.

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Works Similar to Oh, Brother
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo Sopeña
  2. The Last Theorem by Arthur C. Clarke / Frederik Pohl
  3. Songs My Mother Never Taught Me by Selçuk Altun
  4. Echoes from the Past by Edward Michel-Bird
  5. Hickory Dickory Shock! The Tale of Techies by Sundip Gorai
  6. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis
  7. Invisible by James Patterson / David Ellis
  8. Electric by Chad Taylor
  9. Qui perd gagne! by Laurent Bénégui (Director)
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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Categories:
GenreMystery, Adventure/Espionage,
MotifProving Theorems,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
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