MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Brain Wave (1954)
Poul Anderson
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This debut novel from SF superstar Anderson explains that the human intelligence is far more powerful than we have thus far seen. In fact, once we escape from the effects of a force field that is limiting our mental abilities, our intelligence takes a "quantum leap". The only mathematical content is a paragraph detailing the thoughts of a student who independently derives the idea of calculus while working on his algebra homework.

Contributed by penny smith

Actually there is more math content here. There is mention of solving systems of nonlinear pde in one's head. There is mention of Maxwell's equations and a book by Coddington.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  5. Habitus by James Flint
  6. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  7. The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons
  8. Ratner's Star by Don DeLillo
  9. Diaspora by Greg Egan
  10. Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter
Ratings for Brain Wave:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifGenius, Prodigies, Math Education,
TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential,
MediumNovels,

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