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The Four Colors of Summer (2011)
Tefcros Michaelides
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Multi-generational love stories are interwoven with the history of the Four Color Theorem, including the controversies surrounding its computer-assisted proof.

This novel was published in Greek 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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  9. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung
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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifProving Theorems, Female Mathematicians, Religion,

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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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