MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

Home All New Browse Search About

...
The Square Root of Pythagoras (1999)
Paul Di Filippo / Rudy Rucker
(click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author)
...

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Pythagoras has been granted the magical power of five numbers. Along the way he discusses his theorem, the five Platonic solids, and his general philosophy about numbers and the universe. But he entertains doubts, and discovers that sqrt(2) is irrational.

First appeared in Science Fiction Age v8 #1, November 1999 and was reprinted in collections of each author: Gnarl! by Rucker and Neutrino Drag by Di Filippo. As of October 2012, it is also available for free at Rudy Rucker's Website.

More information about this work can be found at www.rudyrucker.com.
(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)

Works Similar to The Square Root of Pythagoras
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Mersenne's Mistake by Jason Earls
  2. Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli
  3. Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
  4. The Fairytale of the Completely Symmetrical Butterfly by Dietmar Dath
  5. Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory by Rudy Rucker
  6. Napier's Bones by Derryl Murphy
  7. Summer Solstice by Charles Leonard Harness
  8. The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
  9. Conceiving Ada by Lynn Hershman-Leeson
  10. Oracle by Greg Egan
Ratings for The Square Root of Pythagoras:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
(unrated)

PLEASE HELP US OUT BY ENTERING YOUR OWN RATINGS FOR THIS WORK.

Categories:
GenreHistorical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifReal Mathematicians,
Topic
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

Home All New Browse Search About

Your Help Needed: Some site visitors remember reading works of mathematical fiction that neither they nor I can identify. It is time to crowdsource this problem and ask for your help! You would help a neighbor find a missing pet...can't you also help a fellow site visitor find some missing works of mathematical fiction? Please take a look and let us know if you have seen these missing stories anywhere!.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)