|The Parrot's Theorem (2000)||Denis Guedj|
|This is an ambitious novel, a magical fantasy about a talking parrot bought at a flea market in France who, with the help of the personal library of a reclusive mathematical genius, teaches some children (and the reader) about 2000 years of the history of mathematics. Though it was written originally written, I believe, in French (under the name Le theoreme du perroquet: roman), an English
version has recently been published.
The author, a professor of the history of science, specializes in the use of fiction to develop scientific literacy. This novel is certainly a masterpiece of this genre. The clever plot device of having a non-mathematical bibliophile forced to look carefully through a collection of mathematics books may succeed in interesting a general audience in the history of mathematics. (I certainly learned some fascinating bits of mathematical history myself!) Note also that people seem to really like this author's non-fiction.
You can read a review of the novel by Simon Singh here. Here are some comments from visitors to this site:
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|Genre||Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Didactic,|
|Topic||Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Analysis/Calculus/Differential, Real Mathematics,|
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