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Mersenne's Mistake (2008)
Jason Earls
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This is a nice piece of mathematical fiction in which the mathematician/monk Marin Mersenne encounters a demon with amazing mathematical skills. Like the other stories by Earls, this seems to be designed to showcase the interesting numbers which he has found using computer algebra tools.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. The Devil and Simon Flagg by Arthur Porges
  3. The Dreams in the Witch-House by H.P. Lovecraft
  4. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price
  5. Arcadia by Iain Pears
  6. Vampire World (Trilogy) by Brian Lumley
  7. The Fairytale of the Completely Symmetrical Butterfly by Dietmar Dath
  8. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
  9. Partition by Ira Hauptman
  10. Summer Solstice by Charles Leonard Harness
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GenreHistorical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Religion,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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