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The Rock (1996)
Robert Doherty

"Five people--including an Australian Air Force computer operator, a Mexican engineering professor, a New York housewife, a Colombian Special Forces officer, and an English mathematician--are invited to help save the world.". I'm afraid I haven't gotten around to reading it yet so All I know, from reading the sample pages at Amazon, is that it has something to do with the recordings from the space probe Voyager emanating from inside Ayers Rock (Uluru) in Australia!! I don't know how significant the math is. But then, isn't that what the internet is for. You, reading these words right now, have you read "The Rock"? If so, please help me out by telling me more about this book!

Contributed by Jerry Summers

The Rock is a Terminator-style novel that employs the skills of a ex-military special forces major, mining engineer from New Mexico, child prodigy female physicist and female mathematician. The mathematician utilizes statistical projections to predict future economic/world events. There is no direct mathematics except some discussion of statistical projections using probabilities. In the Country of the Blind by Michael Flynn is a much better novel about statistical projection especially if it includes Flynn's submissions to Analog magazine.

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Works Similar to The Rock
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. In The Country of the Blind by Michael Flynn
  2. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  3. Dark as Day by Charles Sheffield
  4. Habitus by James Flint
  5. Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter
  6. Singleton by Greg Egan
  7. Distress by Greg Egan
  8. Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  9. To Hold Infinity by John Meaney
  10. Diaspora by Greg Egan
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifFemale Mathematicians, Future Prediction through Math,

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