MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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An Abundance of Katherines (2006)
John Green
Highly Rated!

Contributed by Barry Cipra

Colin Singleton is a semi-burnt-out child prodigy who spends a summer coming of age as he develops a theorem to account for the fact that he's been dumped by nineteen girls, all named Katherine. Includes an appendix explaining functions and graphs, written by real-life mathematician Daniel Biss, a friend of the author. Biss mentions the work of psychologist John Gottman and mathematician James Murray on the mathematics of marriage.

This book appears to be popular with adults, although its apparent intended audience is high school students.

Contributed by Ionica

John Green is one of my favorite young adult writers and I really like the fact that he asked Daniel Biss (who was a Clay Research Fellow at the time) to write an appendix about the math.

Contributed by Anonymous

I love the book, but considering it a piece of mathematical fiction is an overstatement.

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Ratings for An Abundance of Katherines:
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Mathematical Content:
3.1/5 (10 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4.4/5 (10 votes)
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Categories:
GenreChildren's Literature,
MotifProving Theorems, Romance,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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