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The Year of the Tiger (1996)
Jack Higgins

Cold war spy thriller in which our hero must help an aged Soviet mathematician escape to our side of the Iron Curtain. (I haven't read the book, just some reviews, so if there is more to say about it than this, please let me know!)

Contributed by Zach

This book actually has absolutely no math in it at all. It was a quite enjoyable narrative but here is the entirety of math in it: "Hoffner demonstrated that energy itself is space locked up in a certain pattern. His proof involved an audacious development of non-Euclidean geometry which was as revolutionary as Einstein's theory of relativity." That's it.

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