This is a lighthearted, enjoyable novel about a bumbling but likable mathematics professor at an unnamed university who believes that he has discovered a solution to a famous mathematical puzzle known as "Beauregard's Wild Number Problem."
A novel set in the world of contemporary mathematics: The Wild Numbers by Philibert Schogt. Doesn't that sound great? I mean actually having the time to leisurely read novels, stroll through the city, drink coffee somewhere. Haven't read it yet, but I will, someday, I must really. :-)