a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Het gemillimeterde hoofd (The Cropped Head) (1967) || Gerrit Krol |
Benne de Weger|
It was published in 1967 by Querido, Amsterdam, and seems to
have been translated into Italian (La testa millimetrata). There is a
lot of mathematics in this experimental novel (Hans Freudenthal
judged: ununderstandable mathematics and trivial philosophy)."
It's an absolutely great book. Perfectly mathematical and, at the same
time, perfectly deeply personal. Krol combines these opposites into a book
you will never be able to forget. Read it!
It is a genial mixture of mathematics
and daily life. Action, emotion and
thinking are of equal importance in it.
A great and funny author, who turned 70 this year (2004), but still keeps on on writing, with one or two books a year. His last novel is called Rondo Veneziano and deals with the history of physics. He writes difficultly and is sometimes hard to understand, but somewhere you feel the magic of it. Too bad he is not translated into English. In 2001 he won the Dutch national prize for literature, the PC Hooft Prize.
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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)