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Sine of the Magus [aka The Magicians] (1954)
James Gunn

A private detective is hired to track a magician who turns out not to be an expert at "tricks", but a real and powerful wizard. This is one of those works (see the "similars" list below) in which magic is mathematical. (Or, perhaps, math is magical?) Spells take the form of equations, that can be cancelled through addition. Consequently, the book makes many references to formulas and mathematicians like Newton and Leibniz.

Originally published under the title "Sine of the Magus" as a short story in the short lived magazine Beyond Fantasy Fiction (May 1954), it was later expanded to a full novel. Unfortunately, in the opinion of many readers, there is too little plot spread too thinly to make it worthwhile.

Thanks to Fred Galvin for bringing this work of mathematical fiction to my attention!

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Works Similar to Sine of the Magus [aka The Magicians]
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Calculated Magic by Robert Weinberg
  2. A Logical Magician by Robert Weinberg
  3. The Mathematics of Magic by L. Sprague de Camp / Fletcher Pratt
  4. The Translated Man by Chris Braak
  5. Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett
  6. Counting the Shapes by Yoon Ha Lee
  7. The Gate of the Flying Knives by Poul Anderson
  8. Black Numbers by Dean Frank Lappi
  9. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  10. Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen
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GenreMystery, Fantasy,
MediumNovels, Short Stories,

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