MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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A Suitable Boy (1993)
Vikram Seth
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Sometimes referred to as the longest published English novel, this book about a mother's search for a husband for her daughter in post-colonial India has enough pages to devote a few to mathematics. And, as Fr. Joseph from the math department at Christ University in Bangalore has written to say, it apparently does:

Contributed by Fr. Joseph Varghese Kureethara

Vikram Seth's novel "A Suitable Boy" has two characters, a Mathematics Professor Dr Durrani and young Bhaskar. The name Bhaskar itself is after the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskara. There are many references of Mathematics in the novel. I am listing the pages where I could find them, and this is not exhaustive.

  • 45
  • 46
  • 101
  • 171
  • 191 and 601
  • 193
  • 208
  • 211
  • 212
  • 222
  • 223
  • 595
  • 745
  • 833

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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifRomance, Religion,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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