MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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(Note: This is not the entire list of works of Mathematical Fiction. To see the entire list, click here.)
Finity (1999)
John Barnes
A madcap science fiction adventure involving much bouncing between alternate realities, with vague references to quantum physics and mathematics. The narrator is an astronomer who has developed a mathematical... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-02-28 14:30:18
The Blue Door (2006)
Tanya Barfield
A successful African-American mathematics professor who has tried to ignore racism and its implications for his life is visited by the memories of three dead relatives during a sleepless night in this... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-02-22 11:46:23
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Pat Rushin (screenplay) / Terry Gilliam (director)
Qohen Leth corrects people who call him a number cruncher: he's an entity cruncher. Even though he is very good at his job, processing data in the office at his company's famous cube-based computer terminals,... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-02-01 09:16:22
The Trachtenberg Speed System (2014)
Buzz Mauro
Realizing that he is likely to die there, Jakow Trachtenberg fantasizes that the method of mental computation that he has created while at a Nazi concentration camp will live on beyond him. A young guard... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-01-28 13:23:55
The Arrows of Time [Orthogonal Book Three] (2014)
Greg Egan
Egan's "Orthogonal Trilogy" concludes with the final part of the journey of the Peerless and its crew of scientists, mathematicians and engineers hoping to find a way to save their homeworld from destruction.... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-01-22 10:36:53
The Eternal Flame [Orthogonal Book Two] (2012)
Greg Egan
This second novel in Egan's "Orthogonal Trilogy" continues to follow the scientific and mathematical discoveries of creatures on a space ship hoping to find a way to save their home world. That plot and... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-01-22 09:51:43
The Calculus of Love (2011)
Dan Clifton (Writer and Director)
A professor who is obsessed with proving Goldbach's Conjecture challenges a class of graduate students to make any progress on it. But, is he truly motivated by a love of pure mathematics and its search... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-01-07 13:55:53
The Imitation Game (2014)
Morten Tyldum (director) / Graham Moore (screenplay)
This film about Alan Turing and his role in breaking the Nazi enigma code has been a critical and financial success. It has won numerous awards and brought huge crowds of people to see a movie about a... (more)
Last Changed: 2015-01-06 19:37:10
Coincidence (2013)
J.W. Ironmonger
This book begins with the discovery of a three-year old girl named Azalea, alone at a seaside fairground and goes on to show us that her life is filled with surprising coincidences. When she grows up... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-29 16:04:57
An Elegant Solution (2013)
Paul Robertson
A fictionalized account of the life of Leonhard Euler, focusing on his relationship with the Bernoullis and told from the perspective of Christian theology. The novel also takes on aspects of a murder... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-29 10:54:56
Coffee, Love and Matrix Algebra (2014)
Gary Ernest Davis
This novel follows a year in the life of Jeffrey Albacete, a mathematics professor at a Rhode Island University, who is best known as the author of a textbook on matrix algebra. Although I think it... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-15 13:46:30
The Mummy and Miss Nitocris: A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension (1906)
George Griffith
In his presentation entitled "An Examination of Some Supposed Mathematical Impossibilities" before the Royal Society, Professor Marmion demonstrates that he can do three geometric constructions that mathematicians... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-13 17:30:35
The Mathematician's Shiva (2014)
Stuart Rojstaczer
When Rachela Karnokovich dies, her family's attempt to conduct the Jewish mourning ritual of sitting shiva is disturbed by the many strangers who descend on her Madison, WI home. Although she never won... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-13 15:00:46
Zombies and Calculus (2014)
Colin Adams
The title and rave reviews probably say it all. I have ordered my copy and will post more detailed information here as soon as I know more. (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-01 14:02:15
Night and Day (1919)
Virginia Woolf
The protagonist, Katherine Hilbery, is a young woman who (like the author) grows up in a "literary" family; her "job" is to help her mother both in writing a biography of her grandfather, a famous... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-12-01 12:44:53
Don Juan oder die Liebe zur Geometrie (1953)
Max Frisch
In this German play, sometimes presented in English translation as "Don Juan or the Love of Geometry", the famous lover explains to the audience that the other authors who have written about him have gotten it all wrong; it is mathematics and not women that he truly loves. Thanks to Thorben Brunschütte for bringing this work of mathematical fiction to my attention. (more)
Last Changed: 2014-11-11 20:13:43
The Goddess of Small Victories [La déesse des petites victoire] (2012)
Yannick Grannec
A beautifully written novel about the life of Kurt Gödel. In fact, it is not Kurt himself or his math, but his wife Adele who is the focus of attention. The set up of the story is that Adele has refused... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-11-11 13:59:28
Stay Close, Little Ghost (2013)
Oliver Serang
This is a bizarre, psychedelic and semi-autobiographical novel about a man named Oliver who has an uncanny ability to find four-leaf clovers, spends much of his time working on a mathematical problem,... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-10-09 09:45:36
Young Beaker (1973)
J.T. Lamberty, Jr.
A singular individual who knows how to do mental arithmetic triumphs over peers in a future where everyone has become dependent on calculators and computers. That description would apply equally to this... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-09-02 19:41:54
Deep Lay the Dead (1942)
Frederick C. Davis
This is a decent but familiar and unremarkable murder mystery, the kind in which an odd assortment of people are trapped together in a house, not knowing which of them is the killer. In this case, they... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-08-12 12:36:09
The One Plus One (2014)
Jojo Moyes
The title presumably primarily refers to the couple in the romance: Jess (a single mom struggling to make ends meet by working as a cleaning woman) and Ed (a well-off client of hers, facing charges for... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-07-25 08:58:13
The Embalmer's Book of Recipes (2009)
Ann Lingard
An unusual and intimate novel that follows three women: a widowed sheep-farmer, a mathematician who studies quasicrystals, and a taxidermist (whose included blog entries explain the title of the book).... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-07-24 17:08:23
She is Not Invisible (2013)
Marcus Sedgwick
In this young adult thriller, a blind teenager and her younger brother search for their missing father, a successful author obsessed with coincidence and the number 354. Although the approach is more supernatural and numerological than mathematical, there is also some flavor of probability and discussion of such things as Benford's Law. (more)
Last Changed: 2014-07-24 13:52:14
In the Light of What We Know (2014)
Zia Haider Rahman
The plot of this novel involves the financial industry around the time of the 2008 crash, Afghanistan after the American invasion, and the romance between a very clever man who grew up poor in Bangladesh... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-07-15 13:27:51
Murder and Mendelssohn (Phryne Fisher Mystery) (2014)
Kerry Greenwood
As a fan of the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries TV Series, I was pleased to see that the 20th novel in the series that inspired it features a mathematician, giving me an excuse to read it. Phryne Fisher... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-05-31 19:27:54
The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles (2013)
Jim Keeble
The characters in this twisted tale include a transexual "Cupid" with a drug problem, a crooked businessman, a Somali babysitter, a four-year old boy of unknown paternity, a London police officer, the... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-05-19 20:07:16
Casebook (2014)
Mona Simpson
A novel written from the point of view of Miles Adler-Hart, a boy who is spying on his mother. He learns of his parents' divorce, his mother's sex life, and her lover's dark secret. Like the superheroes... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-05-14 14:37:41
Decoded (2002)
Mai Jia
This novel tells the story of Rong Jinzhen, a mathematical genius who becomes a cryptographer in Mao's secret intelligence agency. The author, who is a well-known award-winning author in China, supposedly... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-05-02 15:37:13
The Four-Color Puzzle: Falling Off the Map (2013)
Lior Samson
A math professor becomes intrigued with a high school student he meets at an online tutoring site when she presents him with what appears to be a short and very clever proof of the four-color theorem.... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-03-31 14:44:36
Numbercruncher (2013)
Si Spurrier (writer) / PJ Holden (artist)
A recently deceased mathematician "cracks the recirculation algorithm" and thus is able to control his own reincarnation in the hope of being able to spend more time with the woman he loves. It ends up... (more)
Last Changed: 2014-03-18 09:58:35

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