a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
A techno-legal thriller centered on a trial over cryptographic
exportation. The chip in question uses properties of large Mersenne
primes to provide an unbreakable code. This explanation seems to be
the complete mathematical content of the novel, and it is mercifully
cut off by the speaker's realization that he is being too technical
for his audience.
Neither the legal nor the cryptographic aspects are credible.
"I disagree with [Emba's] assessment. This book was not written for professional mathematicians, but for general readers. In that context, the author's explanations, which are necessarily abbreviated and overview-ish, are superb. As for the legal aspects, everything is dead-on accurate. Just remember that the laws are changing all the time, and a writer can only be responsible for the state of things at the time of the writing."
I would describe leisure reading as precious free time spent taking a chance on a writer's ability to satisfy certain literary needs. After taking in three/ four hundred pages a commited enthusiast should be rewarded with a suitable climax, only fair. Of course these parameters are very subjective.
As someone with a computer background I found the story a modest return on investment. Only because the ending seemed too timid, conventional .
A wordy way of saying that I don't want to give away the ending. The characters, theme, and the author's writing style kept the story interesting.
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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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