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Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for math majors, math grad students (and maybe even math professors) and hardcore fans of science fiction. 
As the title implies, this is a description of (presumably
fictional) discussions that the author had with an alien about
mathematics and, in particular, the way that Earth mathematics
differs from the more advanced alien mathematics. The famous
mathematical physicist David Ruelle wrote this piece with the apparent goal of
demonstrating the extent to which peculiarities of the human mind
have shaped our view of mathematics. It can be found both on the mp_arc archive and in the book Mathematics: Frontiers and Perspectives which was published as part of "World Mathematics Year 2000".

More information about this work can be found at www.ma.utexas.edu. 
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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