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Ahmes, the Moonchild (2010)
Tefcros Michaelides
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The Rhind Papyrus is an Egyptian document from around 1550 BC featuring worked math problems. Its author (usually transliterated into Roman characters as Ahmes or Ahmose) is arguably the most ancient mathematician whose name we know. However, we don't know anything other than a name.

In this highly speculative work of historical fiction, Michaelides imagines a biography for this ancient mathematician. It was published in Greek in 2010 and (AFAIK), it has not yet been translated into any other languages. Since I cannot read Greek, I must admit that I have not read this book myself. I am grateful to Vijay Fafat for bringing it to my attention.

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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians,

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