MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Future Engine (1995)
Byron Tetrick
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Contributed by William E. Emba

Charles Babbage's son calls on Sherlock Holmes to investigate the theft of the Analytic Engine from its warehouse. The son gives a description of its importance to mathematical calculations. But it's his mention of the role of the binomial theorem in its working that arouses Holmes's interest.

Published in Mike Resnick and M H Greenberg (eds) SHERLOCK HOLMES IN ORBIT.

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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction,
MotifSherlock Holmes,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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