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 Fourth-Dimensional Demonstrator by Murray Leinster
  2. The Appendix and the Spectacles by Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
  3. Technical Error by Arthur C. Clarke
  4. The Cube Root of Conquest by Rog Phillips
  5. An Episode of Flatland by Charles H. Hinton
  6. The Plattner Story by Herbert George Wells
  7. Six Thought Experiments Concerning the Nature of Computation by Rudy Rucker
  8. The Next Dimension by Vladimir Karapetoff
  9. The Eternal Wanderer by Nathan Schachner
  10. Misfit by Robert A. Heinlein
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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