MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Geometry of Love (1966)
John Cheever
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Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for literati.

An engineer is inspired by a passing truck from "Euclid's Dry Cleaning" to apply geometric principles to his own marital problems. He finds that interpreting his family as a triangle has the advantage of making things less confusing and emotional. Or, at least, it makes them seem less confusing and emotional, and he does not seem to care whether there is a difference. Encouraged by this "success", he begins to rely on geometry whenever things become unpleasant or (as they eventually do) tragic.

This story appears in the Pulitzer Prize winning collection "The Stories of John Cheever" and was published originally in The Saturday Evening Post Jan 1 1966. A scan of the original SEP version is presently available for free at saturdayeveningpost.com.

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  7. Three Days and a Child by Abraham B. Yehoshua
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  9. The Ore Miner's Wife by Karl Iagnemma
  10. The Mathematics of Nina Gluckstein by Esther Vilar
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifMath as Cold/Dry/Useless, Romance,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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