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An Elegant Solution (2013)
Paul Robertson

A fictionalized account of the life of Leonhard Euler, focusing on his relationship with the Bernoullis and told from the perspective of Christian theology. The novel also takes on aspects of a murder mystery as the young Euler investigates the seemingly mysterious death of Jacob Bernoulli.

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Thanks to Douglas Ward (Miami University) for bringing it to my attention.

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Religion,
TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential, Real Mathematics,

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