MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Crime of the Mathematics Professor (1960)
Clarice Lispector
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There is very little mathematical content to this story of a math professor attempting to atone for having abandoned a pet dog. He is described (in the English translation) as having a "cold, mathematical head". He seems to be trying to do some sort of algebraic substitution of a dead dog he has found for the one he left. At first, he wants to bury the dead dog in the exact center of a field, but later decides to simply pick a spot randomly. (The description in each case suggests the link to mathematics is quite intentional.)

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Works Similar to The Crime of the Mathematics Professor
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Left or Right by Martin Gardner
  3. Gomez by Cyril M. Kornbluth
  4. The Island of Five Colors by Martin Gardner
  5. Conjure Wife (Dark Ladies) by Fritz Leiber
  6. The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov
  7. Young Archimedes by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Non-Statistical Man by Raymond F. Jones
  9. The Year of the Jackpot by Robert A. Heinlein
  10. Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
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Mathematical Content:
1.5/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (2 votes)
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