MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Sixty Million Trillion Combinations (1980)
Isaac Asimov
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Tom Trumbull, one of Asimov's regular "Black Widower" mystery characters, wants to convince an eccentric mathematician (working on Goldbach's conjecture) that his secret password is not safe. Combinatorics plays a role. See also these [1, 3] other BW stories.

Contributed by Jose Brox

A Black Widowers short story with some interesting dialogues, but with a quite dumb and out-of-the-blue ending solution that spoiled out the fun for me

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Works Similar to Sixty Million Trillion Combinations
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Go, Little Book by Isaac Asimov
  2. Getting the Combination by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke
  4. Mirror Image by Isaac Asimov
  5. No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
  6. Fermat's Room (La Habitacion de Fermat) by Luis Piedrahita / Rodrigo SopeƱa
  7. The Ultimate Crime by Isaac Asimov
  8. Child's Play by Isaac Asimov
  9. Pythagorean Crimes by Tefcros Michaelides
  10. Who Killed the Duke of Densmore? by Claude Berge
Ratings for Sixty Million Trillion Combinations:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (3 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (3 votes)
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GenreMystery,
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MediumShort Stories,

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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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