You might also consider the book /The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave us the Renaissance/ by Jim Al-Khalili, copyright 2010. It is not a novel and the title suggests it is about science, but it includes mathematics, and non-fiction is always more interesting than fiction ;-) (my bias is coming through). Keep in mind that the level of science and mathematics from 800 to 1200 AD was not at a high level. Thus, the lay reader should be able to handle it.
On 7/10/2012 6:36 AM, Seese, Lillian M. wrote: > Can anyone provide me with some advice? I am in a book club where > everyone but me is either an English teacher or a librarian. It is my > turn to recommend a novel for us to read. A year ago I chose "The > Housekeeper and the Professor" (by Yoko Ogawa) which had just enough > math in it to keep everyone interested. I'd love to come up with a > book that has a little math in it again this year, but I'm coming up > empty handed. Does anyone have a suggestion? > Lillian Seese > Professor of Mathematics > St. Louis Community College at Meramec > 11333 Big Bend Blvd. Kirkwood MO 63122 > 314-984-7773
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