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The Fall of a Sparrow (1998)
Robert Hellenga

In this novel, a man travels to Italy to testify at the trial of the terrorists who murdered his daughter in a 1980 train bombing. Florin Diacu, a mathematician who has written about chaos theory and so should be in a position to judge, says:

Contributed by Florin Diacu

You might want to add "The Fall of a Sparrow" by Robert Hellenga, a novel that contains an excellent, and quite long, description of chaos theory.

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Works Similar to The Fall of a Sparrow
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Gambler's Rose by G.W. Hawkes
  2. The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen
  3. The Catalyst [The Strange Attractor] by Desmond Cory
  4. The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons
  5. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  6. Improbable by Adam Fawer
  7. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  8. Strange Attractors by William Sleator
  9. Habitus by James Flint
  10. Properties of Light by Rebecca Goldstein
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