MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Boltzmann's Ghost (1998)
Ken Wharton
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A physicist encounters an apparently crazy man who tries to convince him that some beings experience time backwards. His intriguing explanation of this phenomenon depends on theoretical physics, and ultimately upon mathematics, since it attributes the "arrow of time" to boundary conditions. Author/physicist Ken Wharton's "novella" (it seemed more like a short story to me) is available only electronically from Eggplant Productions.

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Works Similar to Boltzmann's Ghost
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Ah of Life by Banks Helfrich (Writer and Director)
  2. The Arnold Proof by Jessica Francis Kane
  3. The Monopole Affair by Ken Wharton
  4. Finity by John Barnes
  5. The Exception by Alex Kasman
  6. Nuremberg Joys by Charles Sheffield
  7. The Planck Dive by Greg Egan
  8. Lines of Longitude by Stephen Baxter
  9. The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke / Stephen Baxter
  10. Singleton by Greg Egan
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAcademia,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories,

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