a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
This is a story of a mathematician who found a way to predict
earthquakes. He finds out that there will be a major earthquake
in California (where he lives). After checking this prediction
using CalTech's computer he notices that his own results
is slightly different from the computer's. While he tries to
figure out the reason of this discrepancy, other people are leaving
the California in a great hurry. Being obsessed with the problem,
he does not notice the panic, ignoring the fact that he might be in
danger himself. Finally the earthquake begins exactly at the predicted
time and date. After it is over, mathematician notices that the computer's
version was correct : the rest of USA lays beneath the sea...
There is no actual mathematics in this story. Anyway it is only a joke.
I think there is no reason to look for mistakes in it.
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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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