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Once again, a team seeking to decode Earth's first message from an alien species requires a mathematician. In this case, it is Tom Petrie, who has a reputation for being able to spot patterns:
In addition to the quote above, there is a page describing Petrie's youth and how he discovered his interest in mathematics which is notable. Aside from that, the mathematics mostly involves him staring at the data trying to spot a pattern. In the end, the numbers one through four are involved in his final explanation of what it is, and there are also some icosahedra involved, but for the most part it ends up being more about biology than math. 
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(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.) 

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