MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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The Strange Case of Mr. Jean D. (1983)
Joao Filipe Queiro
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Published in the Mathematical Intelligencer magazine (Math.Intell. 5, 3 78-90 (1983)) this is the story of a mathematician who has a nightmare: Pi is rational! (Thanks to Nuno Crato for the suggestion.)

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Works Similar to The Strange Case of Mr. Jean D.
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Uncle Georg's Attic by Ben Schumacher
  2. Mathematically Bent by Colin Adams
  3. The Tachypomp by Edward Page Mitchell
  4. The Case of the Murdered Mathematician by Julia Barnes / Kathy Ivey
  5. Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories by Colin Adams
  6. The Mathematics of Being Human by Michelle Osherow / Manil Suri
  7. The Mathematician’s Nightmare: The Vision of Professor Squarepunt by Bertrand Russell
  8. Into Thin Air by Colin Adams
  9. Division by Zero by Ted Chiang
  10. Zombies and Calculus by Colin Adams
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Didactic,
Motif
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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