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One, True Platonic Heaven: A Scientific Fiction of the Limits of Knowledge (2003)
John L. Casti
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A novel about the limits of scientific knowledge set at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Mathematicians Kurt Gödel and John von Neumann are among the principle characters (along with Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer, of course). I have not read it yet, but it seems to have gotten mixed reviews from the professional critics (which by itself may not mean anything) who all agree that it succeeds as scientific discourse but disagree as to the literary quality.

John Casti is a well known author of non-fiction books on popular mathematics, although his recent Mathematical Mountaintops had to be withdrawn from publication after charges of plagiarism. He has also written another historical novel that qualifies (just barely) as mathematical fiction: The Cambridge Quintet.

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GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Gödel,
TopicMathematical Physics, Logic/Set Theory,

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