MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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To Hold Infinity (1998)
John Meaney
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Meaney's first novel, which only saw its US release in 2006, is not quite as mathematical as some of his later books, but the foundations are there. We encounter "mu-space" (additional spatial dimensions that are somehow fractal in nature and are traversed by the bio-engineered "Pilots"). And, I like this quote in which the character ponders the implications of the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics":

(quoted from To Hold Infinity)

Why does maths lie at the heart of science? Why are features of the universe algorithmically compressible? Of what strange substrate is maths itself an emergent property?

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Ratings for To Hold Infinity:
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
TopicChaos/Fractals,
MediumNovels,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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