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Spherical Mirrors, plane murders (2017)
Tefcros Michaelides
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Essentially all I know about this book is that it is a murder mystery which combines the conquest of Cyprus by Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades with a puzzle of optics posed in Ibn al-Haytham's Book of Optics. One of the characters investigating the intertwined mysteries is a young Greek mathematician in the 1950s.

Unfortunately, I do not read Greek and so cannot say anything else about it. If you have read this book, please write to let us know more and I will post the information here.

Thanks to Vijay Fafat for bringing this work of historical fiction by a frequent author of mathematical fiction to my attention.

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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