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Altar of Eden (2009)
James Rollins

"Fractals" is the buzz word in this adventure novel in which a veterinarian discovers seemingly mutated animals who were unwittingly brought back to the US by Black Market traders. Including vague references to nearly every application of fractal geometry (from practical ones like antenna designs for cell phones to questionable ones like analyzing Wall Street data), the book concludes that intelligence itself is a fractal, and that this is reason for grave concern!

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Works Similar to Altar of Eden
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Equations of Life by Simon Morden
  2. The Lure by Bill Napier
  3. The Anomaly [L'Anomalie] by Hervé Le Tellier
  4. The Phantom Scientist [Le Chercher PhantĂ´me] by Robin Cousin
  5. Ossian's Ride by Fred Hoyle
  6. Improbable by Adam Fawer
  7. The Last Theorem by Arthur C. Clarke / Frederik Pohl
  8. The Fringe (Episode: The Equation) by J.R. Orci (Screenplay) / David H. Goodman (Screenplay)
  9. Arcadia by Iain Pears
  10. Babirusa by Arula Ratnakar
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction, Adventure/Espionage,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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