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A Szirakuzai Óriás [A Giant of Syracuse] (1959)
Száva István

This Hungarian novelization of the life of Archimedes was brought to my attention by frequent site contributor Vijay Fafat. Unfortunately, we know very little about it. It has been republished numerous times, but not translated into English AFAIK. If you have read this book and can tell us more about it (especially its mathematical contact), please write.

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Works Similar to A Szirakuzai Óriás [A Giant of Syracuse]
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Sand-Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw
  2. The Death of Archimedes by Karel Capek
  3. Dead Ancients Trilogy by Peter Hobbs
  4. Archimedes, a planetarium opera by James Dashow
  5. Dialógusok a matematikáról [Dialogues on Mathematics] by Alfréd Rényi
  6. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
  7. Whom the gods love: The story of Evariste Galois by Leopold Infeld
  8. Hypatia: New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  9. A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved
  10. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal 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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