MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Drode's Equations (1981)
Richard Grant
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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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  4. The Fatal Equation by Arthur Strangeland
  5. The Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson
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  7. Timescape by Gregory Benford
  8. Contact by Carl Sagan
  9. Artifact by Gregory Benford
  10. Distress by Greg Egan
Ratings for Drode's Equations:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifTime Travel,
TopicMathematical Physics, Fictional Mathematics,
MediumShort Stories,

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