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Abendland (Occident) (2007)
Michael Köhlmeier

Contributed by Andrea Albrecht

The protagonist is an Austrian mathematician who, according to the fictional invention of the author, worked with Emmy Noether in Göttingen during the 'Golden Age' of German Mathematics, i.e. before Hitler came to power. In chapter 6 we learn a lot about Noether's life in Göttingen, Moscow, and the US.

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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians,

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