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The Mathematical Man (1913)
Robert Musil
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Robert Musil's "The mathematical Man" is an essay, but it is fiction! Musil uses the foundational crisis of mathematics to draft a new kind of fiction, modern fiction, later realized in "The Man without Qualities". The main assumption: "Today there is no other possibility of having such fantastic, visionary feelings as mathematicians do". It is a very witty, artfully arranged piece of literature. There is an English translation: Robert Musil. Precision and Soul: Essays and Addresses, translated by Burton Pike, David S. Luft, Chicago UP 1990.

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  3. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
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  5. The Mummy and Miss Nitocris: A Phantasy of the Fourth Dimension by George Griffith
  6. The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice
  7. Space by John Buchan
  8. The Finan-seer by Edward L. Locke
  9. Geometry in the South Pacific by Sylvia Warner
  10. The Genius by Nikolai Georgievich Garin-Mikhailovskii
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