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Drode's Equations (1981)
Richard Grant
Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for hardcore fans of science fiction.

When this story takes place, the fictional "Drode's Equations" have been lost for so long that they have become practically mythological. And so the historian protagonist is surprised to find them in his own family library. The author does a very good job of conveying what it feels like to look at an equation and try to understand it. As the historian gets more and more aquainted with the equations in question, he begins to realize that the significance of them is the absence of the variable representing time in one of them, even though it is supposed to be equivalent to the others in which time is explicit. As a consequence, even if just briefly, he is able to perceive the reality around him without time.

It was reprinted in The Ascent of Wonder and you can read the comments that appear in that volume about it here.

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Works Similar to Drode's Equations
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Ah of Life by Banks Helfrich (Writer and Director)
  3. Forbidden Knowledge by Kathryn Cramer
  4. The Fatal Equation by Arthur Strangeland
  5. Ripples in the Dirac Sea by Geoffrey A. Landis
  6. Contact by Carl Sagan
  7. Artifact by Gregory Benford
  8. Timescape by Gregory Benford
  9. The Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson
  10. The Arrows of Time [Orthogonal Book Three] by Greg Egan
Ratings for Drode's Equations:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifTime Travel,
TopicMathematical Physics, Fictional Mathematics,
MediumShort Stories,

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