MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Lord Darcy (1966)
Randall Garrett
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The stories in this collection of fantastical murder mysteries take place in an alternate universe where magic rather than science has become the primary human tool for manipulating the world. Frequent mention is made of the mathematics underlying it -- as if mathematics was "pure" magic that only a few people can understand and actually performing magic is a form of "applied math". Most of the comments are devoid of any actual meaning -- just "mumbo jumbo" -- but the discussion of the significance of the number 5 is interesting because it seems to be based on the longheld belief that there are no crystals with 5-fold symmetry. However, the discovery of the "Penrose Tiling" and "quasicrystals" has forced us to modify this belief!

The collection contains the stories previously serialized as "Too Many Magicians" which was also separately released as a novel.

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Works Similar to Lord Darcy
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings by William Frucht (editor)
  2. Sine of the Magus [aka The Magicians] by James Gunn
  3. The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
  4. After Math by Miriam Webster
  5. Conjure Wife (Dark Ladies) by Fritz Leiber
  6. Naturally (Double Whammy) by Fredric Brown
  7. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
  8. The Translated Man by Chris Braak
  9. Evariste and Heloise by Marco Abate
  10. The N-Plus-1th-Degree by Stephen Barr
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreMystery, Fantasy,
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MediumShort Stories, Collection,

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