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|Autistic mathematician, Hamilton Turbee, helps stop a terrorist plot.
The book has received praise for its portrayal of an autism and as a thriller. Of course, I like to see mathematicians portrayed as heroes in fiction, and Turbee is a very likable character who uses mathematics to fight evil. Mathematically speaking, however, impressive words are tossed around without much meaning. Turbee is said to "distract himself by mentally solving five-dimensional Fourier transform equations". And in a discussion which his colleagues he says
|(quoted from Gauntlet)|
There's this big betting pool in Las Vegas on how big the crater will be, and I've been able to apply some discrete fluid mechanics equations to the vectors...
In a rare moment when
the mathematics was actually relevant, Turbee points out that a ship has not followed the path of a great circle, which is "the closest distance" [sic] between two points on a sphere.
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