MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The New Reality (1950)
Charles Leonard Harness
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

The theme of this story concerns the idea that observation determines reality, and takes it to a more profound level than is usual in quantum mechanics. Along the way, the history of π and of four-dimensionality are discussed.

First appeared in THRILLING WONDER STORIES (1950), reprinted in several anthologies, including the author's THE ROSE.

Contributed by Georgene MacDonald

I am not qualified to comment on the math content - I accidentally fell into your site while looking for the author's name. This is a strange and fascinating place!

I read this story in the 1980s and still think about it from time to time. On first read I thought it was absolutely amazing and it stayed with me for a long time. I re-read it about 10 years later and it wasn't as good as I remembered it being. I am looking for it now to see what happens on third reading! So the Literary Quality score could change ...

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Works Similar to The New Reality
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Appendix and the Spectacles by Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
  2. The Fourth-Dimensional Demonstrator by Murray Leinster
  3. The Cube Root of Conquest by Rog Phillips
  4. Technical Error by Arthur C. Clarke
  5. Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation by Rudy Rucker
  6. Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein
  7. Left or Right by Martin Gardner
  8. The Next Dimension by Vladimir Karapetoff
  9. The Plattner Story by Herbert George Wells
  10. The Image in the Mirror by Dorothy Leigh Sayers
Ratings for The New Reality:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
5/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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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 Amazon.com 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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