a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|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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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)