MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi (1971)
Stanislaw Lem
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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.)

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Ratings for De Impossibilitate Vitae and Prognoscendi:
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Mathematical Content:
3.25/5 (4 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (4 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous,
Motif
TopicFictional Mathematics, Probability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories,

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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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