MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
Het gemillimeterde hoofd (The Cropped Head) (1967)
Gerrit Krol
Highly Rated!

Contributed by Benne de Weger

It was published in 1967 by Querido, Amsterdam, and seems to have been translated into Italian (La testa millimetrata). There is a lot of mathematics in this experimental novel (Hans Freudenthal judged: ununderstandable mathematics and trivial philosophy)."


Contributed by jww

It's an absolutely great book. Perfectly mathematical and, at the same time, perfectly deeply personal. Krol combines these opposites into a book you will never be able to forget. Read it!

Contributed by "Anonymous"

It is a genial mixture of mathematics and daily life. Action, emotion and thinking are of equal importance in it.

Contributed by Gijs Zandbergen

A great and funny author, who turned 70 this year (2004), but still keeps on on writing, with one or two books a year. His last novel is called Rondo Veneziano and deals with the history of physics. He writes difficultly and is sometimes hard to understand, but somewhere you feel the magic of it. Too bad he is not translated into English. In 2001 he won the Dutch national prize for literature, the PC Hooft Prize.

(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)

Works Similar to Het gemillimeterde hoofd (The Cropped Head)
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt
  2. The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
  3. Odile by Raymond Queneau
  4. The Geometry of Love by John Cheever
  5. Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo
  6. Watt by Samuel Beckett
  7. The Mathematics of Nina Gluckstein by Esther Vilar
  8. Long Division by Michael Redhill
  9. Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
  10. Orpheus Lost: A Novel by Janette Turner Hospital
Ratings for Het gemillimeterde hoofd (The Cropped Head):
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (4 votes)
..
Literary Quality:
5/5 (4 votes)
.

Categories:
Genre
Motif
Topic
MediumNovels,

Home All New Browse Search About

Your Help Needed: Some site visitors remember reading works of mathematical fiction that neither they nor I can identify. It is time to crowdsource this problem and ask for your help! You would help a neighbor find a missing pet...can't you also help a fellow site visitor find some missing works of mathematical fiction? Please take a look and let us know if you have seen these missing stories anywhere!.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)