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An Angel of Obedience (2010)
John Giessmann

Due to his new obsession with fractal geometry, thirteen year-old prodigy Jackson Carter has just ended an illustrious career as a classical musician and enrolled as a math major at Harvard. There he is prone to stare at fractals for hours and say things such as

(quoted from An Angel of Obedience)

"It was faulty. I found it unpleasant to look at. The use of a fixed iteration rule based on the recurrence of the mathematical phrase was incorrectly applied. I don't care for these iterated function systems. There is something inherently off with the algorithm."

But, this is not your typical `anti-social teenage math genius goes to college' book, because in addition to the standard garbled mathematical dialogue and bizarre behavior, this book includes leg-munching demons and the suggestion that Jackson himself is the anti-Christ!

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GenreHumorous, Fantasy,
MotifGenius, Prodigies, Anti-social Mathematicians, Academia, Religion,

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