MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Year of the Tiger (1996)
Jack Higgins
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Cold war spy thriller in which our hero must help an aged Soviet mathematician escape to our side of the Iron Curtain. (I haven't read the book, just some reviews, so if there is more to say about it than this, please let me know!)

Contributed by Zach

This book actually has absolutely no math in it at all. It was a quite enjoyable narrative but here is the entirety of math in it: "Hoffner demonstrated that energy itself is space locked up in a certain pattern. His proof involved an audacious development of non-Euclidean geometry which was as revolutionary as Einstein's theory of relativity." That's it.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Mathematical R & D by Paul J. Nahin
  3. The Expert by Lee Gruenfeld
  4. Code to Zero by Ken Follett
  5. 7 Steps to Midnight by Richard Matheson
  6. En busca de Klingsor (In Search of Klingsor) by Jorge Volpi
  7. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  9. Improbable by Adam Fawer
  10. The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson
Ratings for The Year of the Tiger:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)
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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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