MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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Visitors from Oz : The Wild Adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodsman (1999)
Martin Gardner
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You wouldn't believe it, but the famous popular math writer produced a sequel to the Oz books in which Dorothy travels to New York City through a Klein bottle (built out of two Mobius strips by the same fellow who built the Tin Man). I have not read the book, but it apparently involves a mathematical puzzle of some sort.

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Works Similar to Visitors from Oz : The Wild Adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodsman
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster / Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
  2. The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster
  3. Incomplete Proofs by John Chu
  4. Flatterland: like Flatland, only more so by Ian Stewart
  5. Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (writer) / PJ Holden (artist)
  6. Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory by Rudy Rucker
  7. The Number Devil (Der Zahlenteufel) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  8. Donald in Mathmagic Land by Hamilton Luske (director)
  9. After Math by Miriam Webster
  10. The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of Labrador by Jacques Roubaud
Ratings for Visitors from Oz : The Wild Adventures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodsman:
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:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Fantasy,
MotifMobius Strip/Nonorientability,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumNovels,

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