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The Cambridge Quintet (1999)
John L. Casti
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A group of famous historical figures, including Wittegenstein, Schrödinger, J.B.S. Haldane, and Alan Turing meet at the home of C.P. Snow to discuss the question of whether machines can think.

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well known author of non-fiction books on popular mathematics, although his recent Mathematical Mountaintops had to be withdrawn from publication after charges of plagiarism. His more recent novel One True Platonic Heaven also features famous mathematicians as characters.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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Ratings for The Cambridge Quintet:
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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Turing,

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