a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|This short story from McEwan's award winning first collection is about a man who learns some topology from his grandfather's journals...but not your average topology. He learns how to fold surfaces (like pieces of paper) until they disappear...and that's just the beginning!|
After a failed attempt to make a TV version of this story in the 1970's (the story was deemed too "sexy" for the BBC) it was made into a short film starring Ewan McGregor in 2002. (Note added June 2004: The short film is now available for sale from www.solidgeometry.net.)
I was very glad to find your website on Mathematical Fiction. I wanted to
tell you about the short story "Solid Geometry" by Ian McEwan (written in
the mid 1970s) - the short story is currently in the anthology "First Love,
I just read this short story and I was surprised how closely it resembles
the old 1940s short story "No-Sided Professor", which you have featured on
your website. I have No-Sided Professor in one of my older sci-fi
anthologies, and I have read the short story several times.
"Solid Geometry" is about a man discovering mathematical diagrams in a diary
from the 1800s, and is able to fold sheets of paper which disappear; also
people can be folded in a similar manner and disappear.
Very disturbing and intriguing short story. I recommend.
A disturbing story that has stayed with me since I first read it thirty years ago.
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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College of Charleston)