MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Szatan Z Siodmej Klasy (1949)
Kornel Makuszynski
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Website visitor David Shay suggested that I add this Polish novel written for young adults in which one of the characters is an amateur mathematician attempting to prove Fermat's Last Theorem.

Note added July 2008: I also received e-mail from Dora Musielak, author of Sophie's Diary who provides more information:

Contributed by Dora Musielak

Dear Alex,

I just discovered that you included a book in Polish and wanted to let you know my husband and I are working on its translation into English. We plan to have it ready by the end of the year. A tentative translation of the title is "The menace in 7th grade".

Szatan Z Siodmej Klasy is indeed a beloved book by school children in Poland for decades. Just want to clarify that it is NOT a math book per se but rather it's a story about a bright, restless boy and his adventures, and the relationship of the story with math comes from a mathematician the boy meets along the way. So, readers should not expect to see any numbers or equations.

I'll let you know when we're done with the translation.

Dora

That is great news. I'm looking forward to seeing the translation and hope that an American publisher picks it up.

More information about this work can be found at www.polonia.com.
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreChildren's Literature,
Motif
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumNovels,

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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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