In her new historical novel, Catherine Chung celebrates the women who shaped modern mathematics – and wonders why they weren’t paid

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7 November 2019

“A mathematical proof is absolute once it has been written and verified,” says Katherine, the narrator of Catherine Chung’s novel *The Tenth Muse*. “If the internal logic of a proof holds, it is considered unassailable and true.”

The book contrasts the axioms of mathematics with the mutability and complexities of life. This is historical rather than speculative fiction, reaching from the present back to World War II and the mid-20^{th} century.

As a child in 1950s America, Katherine …

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