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Touch the Water, Touch the Wind (1972)
Amos Oz
Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for literati.

Amos Oz, the famous Israeli author and political activist, wrote this mathematical, musical and mystical novel about a Holocaust survivor who proves a terribly important theorem about "infinity" while working on a kibbutz in Israel. Although we don't learn much about the theorem itself, we see how the theorem's discoverer and the rest of the world react to the new result. We also catch a glimpse of the strangely mystical world in which these characters live and learn about how math is really like music.

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Ratings for Touch the Water, Touch the Wind:
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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (6 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.5/5 (6 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifProving Theorems, Music,

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