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WWW: Wake (2009)
Robert J. Sawyer
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A blind math prodigy uses her ability to "see" what is going on in the Internet (watch out for the pun: Websight) to discover the emergence of a virtual life form. This is a solid and very readable hard SF novel, more about AI and technology than about math, but there is more than enough math to justify its inclusion on this website. In addition to the protagonist's discussions of how much she loves math class, we encounter a lot of discussion of cellular automata (including mention of Stephen Wolfram and Mathematica) as well as some information theory (especially Zipf's law).

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Works Similar to WWW: Wake
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. River of Gods by Ian McDonald
  2. The Living Equation by Nathan Schachner
  3. The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson
  4. The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow / Charles Stross
  5. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  6. Eye of the Beholder by Alex Kasman
  7. The Three-Body Problem by Cixim Liu (author) / Ken Liu (translator)
  8. The God Patent by Ransom Stephens
  9. Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer
  10. Risqueman by Mike Wood
Ratings for WWW: Wake:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians,

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