MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (2012)
Susan Elia MacNeal
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Maggie Hope is assigned to stay with the royal family. As we know from her first appearance in Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Maggie has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Wellesley and was about to begin studying for a PhD in math at MIT when circumstances brought her instead to war torn Britain. This is mentioned frequently throughout the book. For example, at one point it is stated that her answer to one question on an intelligence test during an application could itself be the basis for an article in a math journal. One notable mathematical reference occurs when she makes a case that young Princess Elizabeth, whom we know is destined to become queen of England, should be educated in math.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
MotifWar, Female Mathematicians,
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

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