a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|The New Reality (1950) ||Charles Leonard Harness |
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by the same author)
"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.
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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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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