a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"
This thriller is set in 1958, with backdrop the first successful launching
of a US satellite. Several of the characters are mathematicians turned
rocket scientists. They frequently muse rather explicitly over elementary
number theory. The main character, who has lost his memory, begins to
figure out his past when he finds a number theory textbook in a library.
The fact they did major in math at Harvard was only a backround for Follett was writing a story about scientists. Math is not really a part of the story but is brought up several times just to show that they can be in this line of work and was just made more realistic.
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)