

The Capacity for Infinite Happiness (2015) 
 Alexis von Konigslow 

A math grad student trying to start her thesis on graph theory discovers some of her family's secrets when visiting their Jewish resort in Canada.
Graph theory involves the study of vertices (points... (more) Last Changed: 20150821 08:26:26 


The Unwilling Professor (1954) 
 Arthur Porges 

Two college students who are failing their math class kidnap an alien they encounter and force it to do homework for everyone in their fraternity.
There are some cute mathematical passages. For example,... (more) Last Changed: 20150813 15:13:08 


Seven Wonders (2014) 
 Ben Mezrich 

The hero of this conspiracy theory adventure has  or had  a twin brother who was an antisocial, OCD math genius precisely following the standard literary stereotype. However, he was murdered after... (more) Last Changed: 20150813 14:17:55 


Racconti Matematici (2006) 
 Claudio Bartocci (Editor) 

This Italian collection of mathematical stories includes some short stories that appear elsewhere in this database (often translated into Italian) and some nonfictional essays that would not be appropriate... (more) Last Changed: 20150811 17:12:34 



The Cipher (2015) 
 John C. Ford 

As he turns 18, the son of the billionaire who owns the patent on publickey encryption finds himself in several complicated situations. There is a love triangle involving both his longtime girlfriend... (more) Last Changed: 20150810 12:40:19 


Com os Meus Olhos de Cão [With My Dog Eyes] (1986) 
 Hilda Hilst 

An aphasic Brazillian mathematics professor narrates his own decline into insanity.
Hilda Hilst was a Brazillian author whose works often addressed the topic of insanity (perhaps because both of her parents... (more) Last Changed: 20150731 14:47:07 


Break Your Heart (2015) 
 Rhonda Helms 

The cultural diversity in this romance novel about the affair between an AfricanAmerican math major and her Japanese cryptography professor is a pleasant surprise, but that is just about the only positive thing I can think to say. It does not seem to have anything interesting to say about either mathematics or academia. They are just the backdrop for a forbidden erotic encounter. (more) Last Changed: 20150731 14:26:25 


Bonita Avenue (2010) 
 Peter Buwalda 

This widely acclaimed and popular Dutch novel concerns a mathematician who is a sort of intellectual public figure that the United States does not seem to have. After winning the Fields Medal for his... (more) Last Changed: 20150729 11:15:53 


The Outer Limits (Episode: Behold, Eck!) (1964) 
 John Mantley (screenplay) / William R. Cox (story) 

In this episode of the classic science fiction series Outer Limits, a 2dimensional being trapped in our world is aided by Dr. Stone, an engineer described as being an expert in "optical geometry" and... (more) Last Changed: 20150711 22:33:14 


Dialógusok a matematikáról [Dialogues on Mathematics] (1965) 
 Alfréd Rényi 

Three Socratic dialogues by the Hungarian mathematician Alfréd Rényi that address mathematical topics such as Platonism and the differences between pure and applied math.
A Socratic dialogue is not... (more) Last Changed: 20150709 13:43:42 


Night of the Frightening Fractions (2015) 
 Robert Black 

In this sequel to Night of the Paranormal Patterns, teenager Lennie Miller continues to solve mathematical problems to save her town from ghosts and zombies.
I haven't read this young adult novel. I hope to get a chance to do so someday and will post more information here if I do. Or, if you have read it, please write to let me know what you thought of it, and I'll post your review here!
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Night of the Paranormal Patterns (2014) 
 Robert Black 

A young adult novel that uses the fantasy adventure genre to introduce prealgebra concepts. The protagonist, a seventh grader named Lennie, has been chosen as the "pattern finder" for werewolves, vampires... (more) Last Changed: 20150628 23:44:07 



The Math Olympian (2015) 
 Richard Hoshino 

A novel about a girl hoping to be on the Canadian team to the International Mathematical Olypmiad written by someone who should know what it is like. (FYI The author earned a silver medal as part of the... (more) Last Changed: 20150608 16:23:58 


The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (2015) 
 Sydney Padua 

This graphic novel starts out as a basically realistic fictionalized biography of the 19th century mathematicians Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, even if it is a biography with a snarky sense of humor.... (more) Last Changed: 20150608 12:18:37 


Ultima lezione a Gottinga [Last lecture at Göttingen] (2009) 
 Davide Osenda 

This beautifully illustrated comic book presents a professor's last lecture to a (nearly) empty auditorium as the Nazi's begin to gather the city's Jews outside. It is perhaps a stretch to call this "fiction";... (more) Last Changed: 20150608 11:12:30 


Nullstellen (1999) 
 Dietmar Dath 

Two scientists develop a mathematical method of literary analysis based on the use of an "author function". The zeroes of this function (called Nullstellen in German, as in Hilbert's famous (more) Last Changed: 20150522 05:11:14 


Counting the Shapes (2001) 
 Yoon Ha Lee 

How many shapes of pain are there? Are any topologically equivalent? And is one of them death?
This is a fantasy story in which magic is achieved through mathematics, and hard work. For example,
"Do... (more) Last Changed: 20150513 15:03:47 


The Mathematics of Magic Carpets (2013) 
 Sara Maitland 

A story that brings the mathematician Muḥammad ibn Mūsā alKhwārizmī, inventor of what we call "algebra", to life. He talks to his daughter about his goals of adding something new to mathematics... (more) Last Changed: 20150513 13:03:33 


Rithmatic (2015) 
 B.J. Novak 

A school principal secretly proposes to his students that they all just agree not to bother with math in school:
“Now do I wish you all knew math? Were great at math? Were fing mathematicians?... (more) Last Changed: 20150513 12:40:36 


Elegantly, In the Least Number of Steps (2012) 
 Monica McFawn 

A young man named Aaron who works at a company that releases butterflies at events is attacked and seriously wounded right after he finally finds a proof of the Birch and SwinnertonDyer Conjecture. That... (more) Last Changed: 20150513 12:28:49 


By a Fluke (1955) 
 Arthur Porges 

A liver fluke describes its life (from hatching from an egg to its final moments) to an alien who is recording it. As it turns out, these trematatode parasites are not as dumb as we think. In fact, they... (more) Last Changed: 20150512 17:33:09 


All the Light We Cannot See (2014) 
 Anthony Doerr 

Doerr's Pulitzer Prize winning novel follows two children in World War II, a blind French girl hiding with her father and a valuable jewel from the museum where he works and an orphaned German boy. When... (more) Last Changed: 20150512 13:32:19 


Problem Child (1964) 
 Arthur Porges 

By working ceaselessly on proving a new theorem, a successful math professor tries to avoid thinking about the fact that he has lost his wife who died in childbirth and about Paul, their "vegetable" of... (more) Last Changed: 20150510 19:30:19 


The Martian (2014) 
 Andy Weir 

An astronaut is stranded alone on Mars and must figure out how to survive until he can be rescued.
My wife and I both loved this "hard SF" novel (soon to be a movie). But, we disagreed about whether... (more) Last Changed: 20150508 13:44:00 


A Calculated Life (2013) 
 Anne Charnock 

This novel is about a brilliant mathematical modeler who works for big business finding correlations (such as that corporate reports tend to use nautical terminology when they are in trouble, even if they... (more) Last Changed: 20150429 09:51:24 


Le larmes de saint Laurent (Wonder) (2010) 
 Dominique Fortier 

The three separate stories that comprise this book are tied together by common themes of romance, death and volcanism. It is because of the second story, entitled "Harmony of the Spheres", that I am including... (more) Last Changed: 20150427 10:41:06 


SelfReference ENGINE (2007) 
 Toh EnJoe 

As of 2015, the work of fiction which made physicist Toh EnJoe a famous author in Japan is finally available in English translation. The separate pieces are not quite short stories, and the whole is not... (more) Last Changed: 20150426 20:19:12 
