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WWW: Wake (2009)
Robert J. Sawyer
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A blind math prodigy uses her ability to "see" what is going on in the Internet (watch out for the pun: Websight) to discover the emergence of a virtual life form. This is a solid and very readable hard SF novel, more about AI and technology than about math, but there is more than enough math to justify its inclusion on this website. In addition to the protagonist's discussions of how much she loves math class, we encounter a lot of discussion of cellular automata (including mention of Stephen Wolfram and Mathematica) as well as some information theory (especially Zipf's law).

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  2. The Living Equation by Nathan Schachner
  3. The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow / Charles Stross
  4. The Blind Geometer by Kim Stanley Robinson
  5. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  6. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  7. The Circumference of the World by Lavie Tidhar
  8. Light by M. John Harrison
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  10. Bellwether by Connie Willis
Ratings for WWW: Wake:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifProdigies, Female Mathematicians,

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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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