a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Golden Math [Suugaku Golden] (2019)
| Kuramaru Tatsuhiko
Haruichi Onoda is a high school student who aspires to represent Japan in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad). He meets a girl (Mami Nanase) who shares his passion. Though seemingly airheaded, Nanase proved to be extraordinarily talented. Will they be able to attain their dreams?
Competition problems are featured prominently in the manga. In one instance, the author even challenged the reader with a problem: is there a positive non-integer a such that [an] (floor of an) has the same parity as n for all positive integers n?
Two volumes have been published so far (as of 2/2021) but no English translation has yet appeared. A free sample (in Japanese) is available here.
Most chapters throw 1-3 olympiad problems at you. Bring a pencil and paper. Lots of paper. Expect to spend 0.5-2 hours per chapter just solving the problems.
The only reason I can't give it a 5 for mathematical content is because I've read Knuth's Surreal Numbers and *that*'s a 5 :D
|(Note: This is just one work of
mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more
works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)
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.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)