
The Fall of a Sparrow (1998) 
 Robert Hellenga 

In this novel, a literature professor travels to Italy to testify at the trial of the terrorists who murdered his daughter in a 1980 train bombing. The only math in it appears because another one of his... (more) Last Changed: 20161009 16:46:18 


The Sea of Trees (2016) 
 Gus Van~Sant (director) / Chris Sparling (Writer) 

This film is about a mathematician (Matthew McConaughey) who contemplates suicide in a Japanese forest after his wife's death. Even in the preview (sorry, I haven't seen the film yet) we can see that... (more) Last Changed: 20160902 20:06:19 


Arcadia (2016) 
 Iain Pears 

As this clever novel is intentionally a hodgepodge of genres, it is a bit difficult to describe. It involves a British spy brought back from retirement in the 1960s to find a mole, a mathematician in... (more) Last Changed: 20160818 11:17:03 


Story of Your Life (1998) 
 Ted Chiang 

What sort of mathematics would Vonnegut's Tralfamadorean's like to do? Or,
alternatively, what sort of worldview would a sentient species have if their idea of simple mathematics was the calculus of... (more) Last Changed: 20160817 21:48:41 


The Countess Conspiracy (2013) 
 Courtney Milan 

This is a romance novel set in Victorian England in which the heroine is a biologist studying inheritance and the hero is her friend who publishes and presents her work in his name. The story begins... (more) Last Changed: 20160817 13:41:17 


Ninefox Gambit (2016) 
 Yoon Ha Lee 

In a desperate attempt to retake the Fortress of Needles from the heretics who have taken it over, the mathematically talented Kel captain named Cheris is promoted to the rank of general and mentally... (more) Last Changed: 20160727 09:45:18 


At Ocean (2016) 
 Oliver Serang 

Because she still makes discoveries with her own brain (unlike most scientists in the near future universe of At Ocean whose discoveries are all made by computers), Eun Kim is selected for a dangerous... (more) Last Changed: 20160709 15:38:40 


EZ Calculus [Calculus by Discovery] (1982) 
 Douglas Downing 

"EZ Calculus", which was previously published under the titles "Calculus the Easy Way" and "Calculus by Discovery", aims to teach the fundamentals of calculus through the adventures of a man who has washed... (more) Last Changed: 20160630 21:51:59 


The Magic TwoHorn (1949) 
 Sergey Pavlovich Bobrov 

I barely know anything about this Russian children's book that takes place in a magical mathematical world. Maxim Arnold mentioned it to me at a conference in Oaxaca and told me only that many mathematicians cite it as a source of their interest in mathematics. If you know any more details, please write to let me know.
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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: 20160609 08:31:07 


A Doubter's Almanac (2016) 
 Ethan Canin 

This literary novel follows the life of the fictional mathematical genius Milo Andret from his youth in Michigan, though his education at Berkeley and the winning of a Fields Medal as a Princeton math... (more) Last Changed: 20160506 13:35:11 


La formule de Stokes, roman (2016) 
 Michèle Audin 

The author, a professional mathematician as well as a member of the Oulipo literary group, wrote this unusual novel whose protagonist is not a person or animal but a formula. At least, that is what I... (more) Last Changed: 20160505 14:49:44 


The Square Root of Summer (2016) 
 Harriet Reuter Hapgood 

In this young adult novel, a mathematically inclined teenager who ignores the sad events she does not want to remember learns to deal with them by literally revisiting her past through wormholes.
There... (more) Last Changed: 20160501 19:32:47 



The Adventures of Topology Man (2005) 
 Alex Kasman 

Parody is easy....topology is hard!
In this short story, I made use of (and made fun of) the classic superhero comic book genre to illustrate some ideas from topology. So, we end up seeing a battle... (more) Last Changed: 20160331 10:58:29 


The ThreeBody Problem (2006) 
 Cixim Liu (author) / Ken Liu (translator) 

This creative "first contact" novel by a famous Chinese science fiction author won many awards, including the Hugo award.
Like much "hard SF", it is a work of fiction in which the ideas are at least... (more) Last Changed: 20160317 14:21:13 


The Hurricane (2016) 
 R.J. Prescott 

A British novel in which a shy math student, damaged by her past, begins an unlikely romance with a powerful boxer. "Hurricane" O'Connell is handsome, muscular, and dangerous, but also happens to be madly... (more) Last Changed: 20160307 16:17:42 


The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) 
 Matt Brown (Screenwriter and Director) 

This biographical film starring Dev Patel as Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons as Hardy is based on the biography of the same name by Robert Kaniglel. Because it is a rather reliable adaptation of that nonfictional... (more) Last Changed: 20160219 09:16:54 


The Cinderella Theorem (2014) 
 Kristee Ravan 

A very serious, mathematically inclined teenage girl is shocked to learn that her father is not dead as she had previously believed but rather is the ruler of an enchanted kingdom.
The nononsense,... (more) Last Changed: 20160213 21:16:16 


Odd Squad (2014) 
 Tim McKeon/ Adam Peltzman 

A governmental organization run by children investigates "odd" phenomena and solves problems with some math and a lot of computer graphics in this liveaction TV show from TVOKids and PBS Kids.
I'm... (more) Last Changed: 20160213 21:03:18 


Quaternia (2015) 
 Tom Petsinis 

Ivan, the main character in Tom Petsinis' Quaternia, is a fictional teenager who spends a lot of his time and energy on playing video games. Ivan goes beyond merely devoting so much time to this hobby... (more) Last Changed: 20160209 08:39:28 


The Theory of Death (2015) 
 Faye Kellerman 

The apparent suicides of a math student and math professor at Kneed Loft College are investigated by a detective, his wife, and a former detective now studying law. It was sufficiently engrossing and... (more) Last Changed: 20160111 13:49:43 


The Mathematics of Being Human (2015) 
 Michelle Osherow / Manil Suri 

A math professor and a literature professor attempt to collaborate on an interdisciplinary course in this semiautobiographical one act play.
To begin with, I should admit that nearly everything I know... (more) Last Changed: 20160106 09:36:28 


Nightscape: The Dreams of Devils (2012) 
 David W. Edwards 

A teenage math prodigy is contacted by otherworldly beings through his nightmares. As the separation between dream and reality seems to disappear, he faces a supernatural threat with the help of a religious... (more) Last Changed: 20160104 16:51:01 


Im Schatten des Regenbogens (1993) 
 Helga Königsdorf 

Desillusioned after
the fall of communism, several academicans are willlessly
"abgewickelt" (read: annexed and thrown onto the scrap heap)
by the Western "invaders".
Contains a few references to her old "Lemma 1", a mention
of the Mandelbrot set and a short discussion of the pattern
paradox (1,2,3,4,5,6 in lottery is as probable as any other
combination drawn).
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Krise [Crisis] (1978) 
 Helga Königsdorf 

A pure mathematician at an East German research facility has already moved (not entirely by choice) to a technical institute when his paper on a crisis ["Krise"] in number theory is published. So, the... (more) Last Changed: 20151204 21:55:14 


Lemma 1 (1978) 
 Helga Königsdorf 

This short story by an East German author concerns a mathematics graduate student who realizes right before her thesis defense that Lemma 1 (the initial small step on which the rest of her results depend)... (more) Last Changed: 20151204 09:37:34 


Dark of the Moon (1995) 
 John Dickson Carr 

The crime novel "Dark of the Moon" by John Dickson Carr has as one of its characters a female "mathematician", Camilla Bruce. (She is called a mathematician and is enthusiastic about the subject but... (more) Last Changed: 20151129 14:06:25 


Elementary (Episode: Solve for X) (2013) 
 Jerry Levine (director) /
Jeffrey Paul King (screenplay) 

In this episode from the second season of Elementary featuring a modern version of Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson, the duo discover equations in invisible ink on the walls in a murdered mathematician's... (more) Last Changed: 20150913 17:07:22 


Resistance is Futile (2015) 
 Jenny T. Colgan 

This novel begins as a familiar farce in which mathematicians are gathered by the government to decipher a message from space. However, in this case, the story soon turns into a romance between a human... (more) Last Changed: 20150905 23:06:50 
