What are the best math fiction books for children and adults?

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    #1Proof: A Play

    Proof: A Play

    Proof by David Auburn is a Pulitzer-winning dramatic play about the death of a brilliant math professor and its effects on her daughters Catherine and Claire, and his student, Hal.


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    Harold Alvarez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great math fiction book for children and adults is Proof: A Play because it puts a fun spin on math."
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    #2The Math Olympian

    The Math Olympian
    The Math Olympian authored by RIchard Hoshino is a Mathematics fiction book published on Februrary 2015 by Friesen Press. It follows a story of a small-town girl who loves numbers more than boys.

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    Ma Han
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I couldn't help being reminded of the (possibly apochryphal) anecdote relating the number of book sales to the number of equations in the book... perhaps Hoshino has never heard that story, but I suspect that the truth is that he saw it as a challenge: can an author present a meaningful story while introducing mathematical reasoning and non-trivial problem-solving methods?"
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    #3Math Curse

    Math Curse

    Math Curse is a book by Jon Scieszka that of a girl who will prove that math problems can be easily solved without any hassle. This will encourage young readers not to hate math and to just enjoy it.


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    Albert Gardner
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a great book for younger elementary kids that help teaches math and its uses in everyday life. My son loves this book and has made me read it several times. This is a wonderful book to any young readers libary"
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    #4The Solitude of Prime Numbers

    The Solitude of Prime Numbers
    The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel is a contemporary fiction book  that belongs to the European literature written by Paolo Giordano, published on March 18, 2010 by Pamela Dorman Books.


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    Kathleen Wells
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The solitude of prime numbers is a great fiction book for children to help them understand some basic math concepts."
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    #5Measuring the World

    Measuring the World

    Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlman and Carol Brown Janeway is a historical fiction book published on November 7, 2006 by Pantheon. It follows the quest of two young Germans to measure the world.


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    Sandra Baker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a very interesting read! Children and adults alike will enjoy these two explorers and their attempt to literally measure the size of the entire world!"
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    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson is a speculative fiction novel published in 1999. This book won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mir Fantastiki Award for Best Foreign Sci-Fi Novel, and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.


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    Helen Reed
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "My teenage son reads this book every so often. He really enjoys it so based off that, I would say that it's a fantastic book. I've never seen him read anything else multiple times, even books that he says he enjoys. This was recommended to him by both his math teacher and football coach. It's why he picked it up. "
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    #7The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon which tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy with autism trying to figure out who killed the neighbor's dog.

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    Raymond Hawkins
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I'm so glad I stumbled across this suggestion as I was looking for math related books. Although Math is a sub theme of the book rather than the main focal point it is such a terrific read about a boy with autism who overcomes his disability to solve a mystery."
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    #8The Housekeeper and the Professor

    The Housekeeper and the Professor

    Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor tells the inspiring story of a brilliant mathematician who has limited short-term memory because of brain damage, and his interactions with his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son.


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    Nathan Harper
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book touches on the same memory disorder from the movie memento. It is told frim eh perspective of the housekeeper. It drags on at times but does a great job of going over real struggles that families would have. It also touches on the details of the issue in a very effective way. "
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    #9An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines
    An Abundance of Katherines is an intriguing romance book about Colin Singleton, who was dumped by 19 different girls all named Katherine. In this book, John Green details Colin's attempt to break the curse.

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    Jessica Pierce
    Written on May 7, 2018
    " I was not a big fan of this book. A person having had 19 girlfriends already in his life already tells me something. Now if you like that kind of book then this book may be for you. It is definitely not one of the best math fiction books for children and adults."
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    #10Beyond Infinity: A MatheMATTical Adventure

    Beyond Infinity: A MatheMATTical Adventure
    Beyond Infinity is a book by Charles Fischer that tells a story about Matt. He will discover a computer that leads him to a different dimension where he will solve mathematical problems. 


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    Michael Richards
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great fictional book that also is informational. The story telling leads on with educational benefits. It'll make learning math fun while reading this mystery. Very excellent read for children and adults alike."


Best What are the best math fiction books for children and adults
1Proof: A PlayBooks 29 Paid
2The Math OlympianBooks 26 Paid
3Math CurseBooks 24 Paid
4The Solitude of Prime NumbersBooks 23 Paid
5Measuring the WorldBooks 22 Paid
6CryptonomiconBooks 21 Paid
7The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeBooks 18 Paid
8The Housekeeper and the ProfessorBooks 17 Paid
9An Abundance of KatherinesBooks 16 Paid
10Beyond Infinity: A MatheMATTical AdventureBooks 14 Paid

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