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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 it becomes clear that the German boy's talents at mathematics and radios give him the perfect skills for triangulating a target, he gains status but finds himself in a morally perilous predicament.

One detailed calculation and a few other brief references to math comprise the only mathematical content in this beautifully told story.

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Ratings for All the Light We Cannot See:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifProdigies, War, Math as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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