MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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According to the Law (1996)
Solvej Balle
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Four interconnected stories are told which wrap around onto themselves like a M¨bius strip. But, it is not only the structure of the story that is mathematical. In the first we meet a biochemist who is conducting an autopsy on the body of a woman who drowned in freezing waters around Quebec. (You know, I don't think biochemists are allowed to do autopsies...not unless they are MDs, I think.) This leads to the next story, and then the next which is about a Danish mathematician with an attitude problem. He wants to be a "human zero". He wants to take up the minimal amount of space. He wants to not exist! This leads into the story of a Quebecois scupltor who commits suicide and turns out to be the body from the first story, leading us back (with a twist) thus forming a Mobius band!

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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifInsanity, Math as Cold/Dry/Useless, Mobius Strip/Nonorientability,
Topic
MediumNovels, Short Stories,

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