MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Galactic Pot-Healer (1969)
Philip K. Dick
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Joe Fernwright, mender of broken pottery in some future Earth society, but bored out of his mind after months without any pots to fix, accepts a mysterious invitation to a far planet where his skills are needed.

It turns out the planet does or does not operate under a system of prophecy, and in trying to figure this out better, Joe muses:

"Probability, Joe said to himself. A science in itself. Bernoulli's Theorem, the Bayes-Laplace Theorem, the Poisson Distribution, Negative Binomial Distribution ... coins and cards and birthdays, and at last random variables. And, hanging over it all, the brooding specter of Rudolf Carnap and Hans Reichenbach, the Vienna Circle of philosophy and the rise of symbolic logic.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Pre-Persons by Philip K. Dick
  3. The Unteleported Man (aka Lies Inc.) by Philip K. Dick
  4. Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick
  5. FYI by James Blish
  6. Tiger by the Tail by A.G. Nourse
  7. The Maxwell Equations by Anatoly Dnieprov
  8. Three Cornered Wheel by Poul Anderson
  9. The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges
  10. The Mathenauts by Norman Kagan
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