a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
An historical novel based on Mason and Dixon. (Includes references!) It was self-published in a first printing of 700, and a second printing of 200. The author is/was a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, which lists the book.
The author inserted some trigonometric calculations verbatim from Charles Mason's journal into the novel.
In addition, there is a humorous scene where young Jeremiah Dixon, upon
getting a scholarship, is set upon by his steady girlfriend to do what
he can at last afford to do, namely, get engaged and marry her. But
Dixon is too much of a space cadet to figure out her meaning, and none
of her feminine wiles can distract him from his mathematical studies.
(As a matter of historical fact, the two never married, but they did
end up living together.)
I am a Civil Engineer in Chester County and bought the book a few years ago from the engineers society news letter. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot of history. I read it again last month and loaned it to friends and they both read it and thought it great. I an in the process of looking for the stargazer rock this weekend. I understand it is still there.
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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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