a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|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:
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.
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.|
|(Note: This is just one work of
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