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L' idée fixe du Savant Cosinus (1899)
Christophe -- Georges Colomb

This humorous and profusely illustrated French book is considered to be an early example of what we might today call a "comic book".

Contributed by Michel Las Vergnas

Cosinus is a mathematician who desperately wants to travel around the world. Unfortunately, many unexpected mishaps will prevent him to even go out of Paris. But his luggage will, alone, make a round-the-world trip. The humour of Christophe is still effective more than one hundred years later.

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Works Similar to L' idée fixe du Savant Cosinus
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  3. 1963 by Alan Moore
  4. It was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension by Al Feldstein
  5. Topsy-turvy (Sans Dessus Dessous) by Jules Verne
  6. Odile by Raymond Queneau
  7. Donald in Mathmagic Land by Hamilton Luske (director)
  8. Erasmus with Freckles [aka Dear Brigitte] by John Haase
  9. Silas P. Cornu's Dry Calculator by Henry Hering
  10. Inquirendo Island by Hudor Genone
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