MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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Forbidden Knowledge (1987)
Kathryn Cramer
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Mathematical statements can sound pretty strange, practically humorous, when you don't know the technical definitions of the terms. This somewhat frightening story has such a statement as its punchline. Specifically, it all builds up to a quote from Irving Kaplansky's Fields and Rings:
We shall have no need to assign meaning to Ext itself; we shall speak only of its vanishing.
The story was published in 1987 in Rudy Rucker's collection Mathenauts, still the only place I know of to find it.

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Works Similar to Forbidden Knowledge
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Drode's Equations by Richard Grant
  2. The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
  3. The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
  4. The Math Code by Alex Kasman
  5. Ripples in the Dirac Sea by Geoffrey A. Landis
  6. Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder by Rudy Rucker (editor)
  7. Mozart on Morphine by Gregory Benford
  8. What Happened at Cambridge IV by David Langford
  9. The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke
  10. Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke / Gentry Lee
Ratings for Forbidden Knowledge:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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