MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Two Trains Running (1990)
August Wilson
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

This play is set in Pittsburgh, 1969. An economically depressed area of the city is facing urban renewal, and the specter of eminent domain seizure hangs over the main character's future. The other characters discuss their plight and theorize about what makes for success, with the most notable successes in their neighborhood being a flashy but now deceased preacher and the funeral parlor director handling the burial.

Along the way one character elaborates an exponential growth model to explain how the white man has come to so completely exploit the black man in recent history.

As a trivia note, the play premiered in New Haven with a cast including Samuel Jackson and Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne continued with the play in its 1992 Broadway production, for which he won a Tony Award. (And to mathematically footnote the trivia, Fishburne's mother was a math teacher.)

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Works Similar to Two Trains Running
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  4. Hapgood by Tom Stoppard
  5. Com os Meus Olhos de Cão [With My Dog Eyes] by Hilda Hilst
  6. Long Division by Michael Redhill
  7. Calculus (Newton's Whores) by Carl Djerassi
  8. Mean Girls by Tina Fey (screenplay) / Mark S. Waters (director)
  9. Lambada by Joel Silbert (Director and Writer) / Sheldon Renan (Screenplay)
  10. An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
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TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential,
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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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