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Irrational Numbers (2008)
Robert Spiller
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Another mystery about high school math teacher Bonnie Pinkwater by the author of Witch of Agnesi. Like the others in this series, this is a murder mystery with adult themes (violence, homosexuality, etc.) in which we learn a little bit about famous female mathematicians from history (more than usual this time, in the form of a quiz) and one of those biographies vaguely inspires the solution of the mystery.

Contributed by Laura

High school math teacher, Bonnie Pinkwater, is back to solve the murder of a beloved high school hero and prom king who became the town pariah after admitting he is gay at graduation. She gets help and plenty of clever banter from her Principal, Lloyd Whittaker, there are subplots surrounding her new boyfriend, Armen, and a crisis in Principal Whittaker's marriage.

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Works Similar to Irrational Numbers
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Witch of Agnesi by Robert Spiller
  3. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
  4. Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
  5. Los crímenes de Alicia [The Alice Murders / The Oxford Brotherhood] by Guillermo Martinez
  6. The Crimson Cipher by Susan Page Davis
  7. The Sudoku Murder by Shelley Freydont
  8. Murder, She Conjectured by Alex Kasman
  9. The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
  10. The Distant Dead by Heather Young
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians, Math Education,

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