
The Banana Girls (2017) 
 Karim F. Hirji 

This rare example of African mathematical fiction was written by a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences who previously won awards for his work on the statistical analysis of small sample discrete... (more) Last Changed: 20180408 20:15:26 


Lost Empire (A Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure) (2011) 
 Clive Cussler / Grant Blackwood 

When archaeological adventuring couple Remi and Sam Fargo come across an old ship's bell off the coast of Madagascar, they discover that someone else doesn't want them to find it. Eventually, their... (more) Last Changed: 20180227 14:28:03 


The Sigma Structure Symphony (2012) 
 Gregory Benford 

This story about humans in the distant future communicating with alien intelligences contains a lot of familiar ideas and some interesting new ones.
Ruth Angle is an employee at the SETI library on... (more) Last Changed: 20180216 09:47:33 


Mandelbrot the Magnificent (2017) 
 Liz Ziemska 

This novella is what I would call a "feel good fantasy" about the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot who coined the term fractal.
It takes the form of a memoir written by an elderly Mandelbrot recalling... (more) Last Changed: 20180215 16:52:45 


Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Franklin School Friends) (2014) 
 Claudia Mills 

Recently I have been looking for math books for my young children when I came across Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills. I checked the archives of your site and it appears that this book is not on... (more) Last Changed: 20180202 10:55:51 


The Amber Shadows (2016) 
 Lucy Ribchester 

This is another thriller set at Bletchley Park during World War II. Many of the characters are described as mathematicians and Alan Turing is mentioned occasionally, but math is definitely not the center... (more) Last Changed: 20180105 10:52:27 


Question 3 (2016) 
 Martin Sandahl (Director and Writer) 

A short film about a boy with Asperger's Syndrome who competes in the International Mathematical Olympiad. However, neither the math problems (or should I say "maths", since this is a British production)... (more) Last Changed: 20171230 10:54:48 


Void Star (2017) 
 Zachary Mason 

This is a beautifully written and deep work of nearfuture science fiction about the development of an amazingly powerful sort of artificial intelligence. Two of the characters are mathematical both in name and perspective: Thales is a mathematically inclined Brazilian billionaire who encounters a mysterious AI which calls itself "the mathematician". (more) Last Changed: 20171216 15:27:23 


Ungal En Enna [When a wanderer meets a pilgrim] (2017) 
 Ramprasath 

When Ajay discovers that his wife is having an affair with his friend, he receives advice from a stranger who has a mathematical theory of romantic success.
The mathematician character, whose name is... (more) Last Changed: 20171211 09:42:52 


The Idiot (2017) 
 Elif Batuman 

A farce about a TurkishAmerican Harvard freshman. As she is trying to figure out who she is and what academia is about, she meets an older math major with whom she develops both a romantic and intellectual... (more) Last Changed: 20171210 21:52:22 



Colonel Lágrimas (2016) 
 Carlos Fonseca Suárez 

This novel is loosely based on the life of Alexander Grothendieck and is "creatively" constructed, like the writings of the Oulipo group or Borges. The Costa Rican/Puerto Rican author focuses much of his attention on Latin America and war, but mathematics itself and eccentricities (Grothendieck was eccentric!) also are major themes. The English version was translated by Megan McDowell.
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Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal) (2017) 
 Manda Collins 

A romance novel with a strong female lead, Lady Daphne Forsyth, who is a mathematician with some stereotypical antisocial traits. She has been set the task of solving an old mystery by breaking a cipher. However, since this is a romance novel, she is unsurprisingly distracted by a certain hunky guy, the "duke" of the title, whose family owns the library containing the cipher.
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Petersburg (1913) 
 Andrei Bely 

In this modernist Russian novel, the revolutionary Nikolai Apollonovich Ableukhov is charged with the task of killing a Tsarist official ... his own father. In addition to mathematical terminology that... (more) Last Changed: 20171011 08:43:34 


The Mathematics of Friedrich Gauss (2012) 
 D.W. Wilson 

A math teacher compares his life with that of the great German mathematician C.F. Gauss as he ponders his own marital difficulties.
This short story appears in the anthology "Once You Break a Knuckle" which was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize.
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Cap and Gown (2011) 
 Eric Flint 

Richard Leamington has an impact on mathematics at Cambridge University in the 17th Century despite his multiple sclerosis. Although Leamington himself is a fictional character, many of the other characters... (more) Last Changed: 20170816 14:14:12 


The Woman Who Shook the WorldTree (2012) 
 Michael Swanwick 

A mathematical prodigy (she derived her own version of calculus to compute volumes when she was only seven years old, and by age 18 she had three PhD.s, including one in a field she had invented) teams... (more) Last Changed: 20170816 10:31:46 


Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley (2016) 
 Danyl McLauchlan 

A semiserious Lovecraftian novel set in New Zealand's Te Aro suburb featuring some mystical mathematicians (and questions of Platonism) in a central role.
This sequel to the Danyl McLauchlan's "Unspeakable... (more) Last Changed: 20170809 13:53:53 


One Hundred TwentyOne Days (2014) 
 Michèle Audin (Author) / Christiana Hills (Translator) 

This tragic "novel" by mathematician and Oulipo member Michèle Audin follows the lives of three fictional mathematicians (Christian Mortsauf, Robert Gorenstein and Andre Silberberg) through the first... (more) Last Changed: 20170802 15:21:31 


Gifted (2017) 
 Marc Webb (director) / Tom Flynn (writer) 

Mary is a seven year old math prodigy being raised by her uncle (Chris Evans from Captain America) after her mother's suicide. The uncle believes he is following his sister's wishes by trying to raise... (more) Last Changed: 20170802 15:11:11 


Infinite Sum (2016) 
 Sheila Deeth 

Although trained as a mathematician and happily married, Sylvia has psychological issues that are interfering with her life. The main focus of this novel is on her interactions with her therapist in which... (more) Last Changed: 20170731 10:28:28 


What it Means When A Man Falls From The Sky (2017) 
 Lesley Nneka Arimah 

In a postapocalyptic Africa, now home to many Europeans who came as refugees from the floods but then took over, mathematicians have the job of eliminating people's pain.
In this fantastical world,... (more) Last Changed: 20170727 21:52:36 


Very in Pieces (2015) 
 Megan Frazer Blakemore 

A comingofage novel for young adults about a mathematically talented girl named Very SaylesWoodruff who has trouble fitting in with her family of painters and poets. In one subplot, a teacher has put... (more) Last Changed: 20170716 19:30:23 


The God Wave (2016) 
 Patrick Hemstreet 

A neuroscientist and mathematician team up to boost the intellectual power of some experimental subjects by altering their brain waves in this technothriller. Math is frequently mentioned throughout... (more) Last Changed: 20170716 19:06:40 


The Fall of Man In Wilmslow (2009) 
 David Lagercrantz 

Before he gained fame in the US as the Swedish author taking over the mystery series featuring the fictional heroine Lisbeth Sander, David Lagercrantz wrote this novel about the death of mathematician... (more) Last Changed: 20170516 15:31:46 


Our Lady, Queen of Undecidable Propositions (2016) 
 Hugh C Culik 

A story that uses math as both a language and a metaphor for a poetic discussion of the human condition involving a Catholic priest.
Published in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 6 Issue 2 (July 2016), pages 230240. (more) Last Changed: 20170424 11:12:52 


Final Exam (2011) 
 Robert Dawson 

A math professor nearing retirement and displeased with trends in academia decides to use his final exam (the last he will ever give) to get his revenge on the cheating students in his calculus class.... (more) Last Changed: 20170414 11:40:02 


On the Occasion Of Your Graduation (2011) 
 Robert Dawson 

A thesis advisor entrusts his Ph.D. student with the responsibility of determining what to do with his discovery that mathematics contains inconsistencies.
This is one of several works of fiction that... (more) Last Changed: 20170414 11:07:06 


Damned Souls and Statistics (2011) 
 Robert Dawson 

A statistician sells her soul to the devil in exchange for guaranteed tenure, but redeems herself by creating a cleverly useless confidence interval.
I like the part about the realization during her... (more) Last Changed: 20170413 17:52:37 


Ladies' Night (2017) 
 Robert Dawson 

A card sharp known as "Lady Jane" attempts to swindle a statistician visiting Las Vegas for a conference. The plot twists and turns as it mentions things like the Monty Hall Problem, Game Theory, and Bayes' Theorem.
It appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2017). Thanks to Larry Lesser for bringing it to my attention.
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