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Professor Conundrum Mysteries! (2008)
Bill Streifer

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My book, Professor Conundrum Mysteries!...combines math education (non-fiction) and historical fiction.

The book consists of five stories that take place during important events in 20th century U.S. history: The Vietnam War, the Great Depression, WWII in Europe. It also contains a murder mystery that takes place on the Harvard campus, and a comparison of ancient china and modern Boston with respect to mathematics, and the treatment of the elderly. Five chapters (the first chapter of each story) can be read for FREE on the site!

Bill Streifer

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery, Didactic,
MotifAcademia, War,

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