MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Accidental Time Machine (2007)
Joe Haldeman
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A few mathematical ideas are tossed around casually in this light and entertaining science fiction story about a lab assistant who realizes before his boss that the device they are working on can be used as a time machine. In his adventures, he travels farther and farther into the future. In fact, one slightly mathematical aspect of the story is the fact that the times by which the machine travels into the future form a geometric series -- increasing each time by a factor of 12. But, the main reason I am listing this SF novel here is the occasional vague reference to abstract algebra and topology and the discovery of a ``mathematical Rosetta Stone''.

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Works Similar to The Accidental Time Machine
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Holmes-Ginsbook Device by Isaac Asimov
  2. The Time Machine by Herbert George Wells
  3. Stamping Butterflies by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  4. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  5. The Unteleported Man (aka Lies Inc.) by Philip K. Dick
  6. I of Newton by Joe Haldeman
  7. The Arrows of Time [Orthogonal Book Three] by Greg Egan
  8. Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright
  9. The Curve of the Snowflake by William Grey Walter
  10. The Disposessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ratings for The Accidental Time Machine:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifTime Travel,
Topic
MediumNovels,

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