MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Mulligan Stew (1979)
Gilbert Sorrentino
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An avant garde novel, or a parody of one, presented in the form of a collection of letters, notes, papers and other writings. Includes Cardano's formula, plus a full length parody of a mathematics research paper.

Contributed by Dennis Perkinson

"I believe that it will eventually be recognized as a pivotal work (hence the high literary rating). Though I had not thought of it in terms of mathematical content. (Thank you!)"

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Works Similar to Mulligan Stew
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  3. The Four-Color Problem by Barrington J. Bayley
  4. Problems for Self-Study by Charles Yu
  5. Incomplete Proofs by John Chu
  6. Mathematicians in Love by Rudy Rucker
  7. Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo
  8. Odile by Raymond Queneau
  9. Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich
  10. The Girl with the Celestial Limb by Pauline Melville
Ratings for Mulligan Stew:
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Mathematical Content:
2.17/5 (6 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4.33/5 (6 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous,
Motif
TopicFictional Mathematics,
MediumNovels,

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