MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Dirac (2006)
Dietmar Dath
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The protagonist tries to write a novel about the mathematician and physicist Paul Dirac. Excerpts from Dirac's works and Geoffrey A. Landis' novel "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" are implemented in the plot, so you can learn a lot about mathematics and quantum physics.

(As far as I know, this novel is currently only available in the original German. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

More information about this work can be found at www.suhrkamp.de.
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Categories:
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MotifReal Mathematicians,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumNovels,

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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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