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D'Alembert's Principle: A Novel in Three Panels (2000)
Andrew Crumey

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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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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