a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A mathematician and his young daughter try to convince a school board to consider teaching advanced mathematics to elementary school children in this short story that appeared in the collection Reality Conditions: short mathematical fiction.
This story shows us that mathematics we have learned in schools might
not be in accordance with the real world. Taking LINEARITY as an
example, students in math major always begin with linear math (linear
algebra, linear differential equations, and linear functional
analysis…etc.) and finally little is taught in nonlinear math. However,
there are so many things on Earth that are in a sense, nonlinear. The
author also mentions a fact about nonlinearity, which is easy to see
and quite interesting. Also, It is this fact that plays the role of
foreshadowing and concludes this fictional story with a surprising (at
least for me) ending.
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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