MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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San (2000)
Lan Samantha Chang
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A short story in the collection "Hunger" about a girl who becomes interested in mathematics (especially probability) when her gambler father deserts his family. She does not succeed as a college student and learns in the end that in both math and life, it is the mysteries (and not their solutions) which are of real interest.

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Works Similar to San
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Probabilities by Michael Stein
  2. Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
  3. The Unknown Quantity by Hermann Broch
  4. Nachman at the Races by Leonard Michaels
  5. Silent Cruise by Timothy Taylor
  6. Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby
  7. The Book of Getting Even by Benjamin Taylor
  8. The Solitude of Prime Numbers [La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi] by Paolo Giordano
  9. Mrs. Einstein by Anna McGrail
  10. Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo
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Categories:
Genre
MotifAcademia,
TopicProbability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories,

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