MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Brave New World (1932)
Aldous Huxley
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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.)"

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  7. The Balloon Hoax by Edgar Allan Poe
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (7 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4.22/5 (9 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
Motif
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumNovels,

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