MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi (1971)
Stanislaw Lem
(click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author)
Highly Rated!

This is a philosophical discourse (intended as a parody, but I swear I've read serious papers that were very much like it) in which the author argues that probablity theory makes no sense since it is not describing anything about the real world but only our own misconceptions about it. It appears in the very strange book "A Perfect Vacuum". The entire book is interesting, in a self-referential sort of way. This "article", and all of the others in the book, are written as book reviews (of non-existent books). In fact, the introduction to the book is a review of this book itself. (The reviewer did not like it.)

Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon.com. Amazon.com logo
(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)

Works Similar to De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Diary of a Bad Year by John Maxwell Coetzee
  2. Rucker - A Life Fractal by Eli Halberstam by John Allen Paulos
  3. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
  4. The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem
  5. Tracking the Random Variable by Marcos Donnelly
  6. Monster by Alex Kasman
  7. Unreasonable Effectiveness by Alex Kasman
  8. The Four-Color Problem by Barrington J. Bayley
  9. I of Newton by Joe Haldeman
  10. The Mathenauts by Norman Kagan
Ratings for De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
3.25/5 (4 votes)
..
Literary Quality:
4/5 (4 votes)
..

Categories:
GenreHumorous,
Motif
TopicFictional Mathematics, Probability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories,

Home All New Browse Search About

Your Help Needed: Some site visitors remember reading works of mathematical fiction that neither they nor I can identify. It is time to crowdsource this problem and ask for your help! You would help a neighbor find a missing pet...can't you also help a fellow site visitor find some missing works of mathematical fiction? Please take a look and let us know if you have seen these missing stories anywhere!.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)