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Love Counts (2005)
Michael Hastings (libretto) / Michael Nyman (score)

This opera tells the tale of the surprising friendship between a boxer whose career and life are in decline and a mathematics professor who uses arithmetic as a tool to help him out. It premiered in March 2005 at Germany's Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Thanks to Peter Freyd for pointing it out to me.

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MotifFemale Mathematicians, Music,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,

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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 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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