MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
The Geometry of Sisters (2009)
Luanne Rice
...

Young Beck hopes her mathematical skills will somehow bring back her dead father. Other reviewers have mostly complained that this novel does not work as the serious family drama it intends to be. From the mathematical point of view, I'm afraid it fares no better.

Rice seems to have some vague concept of what a limit is:

(quoted from The Geometry of Sisters)

"Okay," Lucy was saying to Beck, pushing her papr closer. Beck glanced down, saw a series of six thick, fat columns about a half-inch wide. "Limits and infinity, right? That's what we're dealing with. These big, ugly, clunky columns are limits"

"And these," Beck said as beside them she drew six elegant, thin lines, "are infinity."

But most of the mathematical content involves mention of "proofs of infinity" (whatever those are) or insipid and nonsensical lines like:

(quoted from The Geometry of Sisters)

Words get in the way. Numbers don't lie. We are two sisters add us up. Carrie + Beck = Us.

...

And now my mother's taking me away from them. Away from Carrie. Without Carrie, I'm less than a person. It's like subtracting one from one. That equals zero. Except, as all mathematicians know, there's really no such number as zero.

Thanks to Barry Cipra for bringing this book to my attention.

Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon.com. Amazon.com logo
(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 The Geometry of Sisters
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Long Division by Michael Redhill
  2. Long Division by Buzz Mauro
  3. The Solitude of Prime Numbers [La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi] by Paolo Giordano
  4. Gifted: A Novel by Nikita Lalwani
  5. An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
  6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  7. Cliff Walk by Margaret Dickson
  8. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
  9. Casebook by Mona Simpson
  10. The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles by Jim Keeble
Ratings for The Geometry of Sisters:
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:
2/5 (1 votes)
..
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)
..

Categories:
Genre
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians, Math Education,
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)