MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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MeT APP (2020)
Ramprasath
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In this novella, "MeT APP" is a dating app that Anjali installs on her smartphone because her husband is not fulfilling her emotional needs. The app assigns numerical values to people in order to determine suitable romantic partnerships. As Surya, the app's creator explains:

(quoted from MeT APP)

“For example, let us take a girl from poor family background. Her initial number would be -2 as per the diagram above. But, if she studied well and eventually became employed in an IT company based on her Engineering degree, she would be said to have elevated herself to +2 in the graph. The difference between -2 and +2 is 4. So, her number would be taken as 4 which is a positive number.”

The most interesting thing about this book is that it seems to be narrated by mathematics itself. It says things like:

(quoted from MeT APP)

As I have told you before, not many have the ability to see me. Only a few make me out. Surya had a pair of eyes that never failed to see me.

and

(quoted from MeT APP)

I must admit that sometimes I get created with no intent. People didn’t always create me intentionally. Sometimes I came to existence only as a by-product of some other function meant to yield something else.

This book has a great deal in common with the earlier novel by Ramprasath. That book also concerned a mathematical scheme for matching partners romantically by assigning them numerical values. Both books seem to take this idea seriously, not like the basis for a science fiction story involving time travel or psychic powers that the reader is only expected to temporarily suspend disbelief to accept, but as if they are trying to convince the reader that these are really valid theories. The fact that I remain unconvinced made it difficult for me to really enjoy either book.

This novella is only available in electronic format (together with some non-mathematical short stories) from the Indian publishing house "Emerald Publishing".

Contributed by Ilakiya

There are several ways, relationships happen around the world. What if someone is asked to arrive at a guide book aiming at streamlining and organizing the various aspects of human relationships? I think, what these books elaborate is one such guide book. 'Those Faulty Journeys' elaborate a set of what-ifs and their long-term solutions in the form of a model(I personally think, this is a wonderful idea). Question is, do we feel the need for a guide book or are we okay with just trial-and-error method (which is in predominant practice and been increasingly proven ineffective). I, personally, have felt many times a need for a guide book that would tell me where do I stand in a relationship and how to navigate. In my perception, 'Those Faulty Journeys' lays the foundation for this guide-book idea. 'MeT App' talks about how this model could be misused in a scam. Overall, I like the idea of the author. I also think that, this is a very useful yet, simple mathematics and I have not heard of any other book talking about one such idea in any other cultures.

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Works Similar to MeT APP
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Ungal En Enna [Those Faulty Journeys] by Ramprasath
  2. The City of Devi by Manil Suri
  3. Leeches by David Albahari
  4. Gifted: A Novel by Nikita Lalwani
  5. Prime by Steve Erickson
  6. The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
  7. Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich
  8. The Forever Marriage by Ann Bauer
  9. X+Y (A Brilliant Young Mind) by Morgan Matthews (Director) / James Graham (Writer)
  10. Coffee, Love and Matrix Algebra by Gary Ernest Davis
Ratings for MeT APP:
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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifRomance,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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