MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Surreal Numbers: How Two Ex-Students Turned on to Pure Mathematics and Found Total Happiness (1974)
Don Knuth
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The famous computer scientist (known to many grateful mathematicians as the creator of TeX) presents Conway's "surreal numbers" in the form of a fictionalized dialogue. Includes exercises!

Contributed by Jose Brox

It becomes repetitive; moreover, I think it actually isn't mathematical fiction! It is just a math text a little disguised.

Contributed by David L

Book Description: This book was intended to show an example of mathematical thinking. To accomplish this, Knuth chose to write about a subject that no one would have any previous experience with, namely Conway's surreal numbers.

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Mathematical Content:
5/5 (7 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2.14/5 (7 votes)
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Categories:
GenreDidactic,
Motif
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Real Mathematics,
Medium

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