MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
Brave New World (1932)
Aldous Huxley
(click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author)
...

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

"Best known for its horrifying utopian vision of a future where children are manufactured for their role in society, the masses are kept happy with their feelies and drugs, and Henry Ford has posthumously usurped God, there is one small detail of higher mathematical interest: one of the more popular leisure time activities for the upper class is `Riemann surface tennis'.

"Huxley says nothing more than the sport is played on a Riemann surface. Presumably that means a rectangular courtyard with edges identified and duplicate balls fired in from matching locations when balls go out of bounds in the traditional sense.

"Also of note is, apparently, the first use of `super-string', which Huxley uses as a section in his futuristic orchestras. (Presumably Huxley was not thinking of 10-dimensional string instruments with six compactified dimensions.)"

More information about this work can be found at www.ddc.net.
(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)

Works Similar to Brave New World
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  2. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott
  3. Round the Moon by Jules Verne
  4. The Last Starship from Earth by John Boyd
  5. Young Archimedes by Aldous Huxley
  6. The Balloon Hoax by Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] by Jorge Luis Borges
  8. Micromegas by Fran├žois Marie Arouet de Voltaire
  9. Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein
  10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Ratings for Brave New World:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
1/5 (7 votes)
..
Literary Quality:
4.22/5 (9 votes)
..

Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
Motif
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumNovels,

Home All New Browse Search About

Your Help Needed: Some site visitors remember reading works of mathematical fiction that neither they nor I can identify. It is time to crowdsource this problem and ask for your help! You would help a neighbor find a missing pet...can't you also help a fellow site visitor find some missing works of mathematical fiction? Please take a look and let us know if you have seen these missing stories anywhere!.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)