a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for math majors, math grad students (and maybe even math professors).|
|I listed this one here before I had a chance to read it and am now wondering whether it should be counted as fiction at all. This is an excellent book which provides a lot of useful information about mathematics as a science and as a career. It takes the form of letters from a mathematician to his niece as she moves from high school through college and finally on to a position as a math professor, providing her with advice and mentoring all along the way. Although the niece is fictional, the mathematician seems to be Stewart himself, and so the "letters" are more like non-fictional essays on mathematics with the imaginary character of the niece merely providing the motivation and continuity.
At least for the moment I will keep this here and give it a low score for "literary quality" not because it is written poorly but because it isn't really fiction at all.
It's true that this book isn't actually fiction, but I don't think the genre affects the Literary Quality. It was well written, and it would attract the attention of both adults, and younger adults. Maybe even teens. I'm fifteen, and personally, I found it to be a very fascinating and interesting read.
In a whole, the book was excellent, and provided a brief little peek at the history of Mathematics. I recommend it for anybody that's interested in becoming a Mathematician, or just likes math. =)
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