MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels (2000)
Andrew Crumey
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A fictionalized presentation of the life (and love) of Jean le Rond D'Alembert (1717-1783), best known -- to me at least -- as the first to study and solve the famous linear wave equation u_xx + c u_tt = 0. See the online bookreview at at MAA Online.

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Works Similar to D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The French Mathematician by Tom Petsinis
  2. Calculus (Newton's Whores) by Carl Djerassi
  3. Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sofya Kovalevskaya by Joan Spicci
  4. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar / Akiva Goldsman
  5. A Hill on the Dark Side of the Moon by Lennart Hjulström
  6. The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
  7. Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore (playwright)
  8. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
  9. Kepler: A Novel by John Banville
  10. Der Rechenmeister [aka The Mathematician] by Dieter Jörgensen
Ratings for D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians,
TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential,
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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