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The Gimatria of Pi (2004)
Lavie Tidhar
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More ``numerology'' than mathematics, this short story is based on the idea that the decimal expansion of π has predictive value. For example, it is portrayed as predicting the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.

Of course, this is reminiscent of the completely non-fictional but completely bogus ``Bible Code''. Moreover, there are a few other similar works of fiction including:

And, at the risk of seeming self-serving, let me also recommend my own story ``The Center of the Universe'' which attempts to address the same idea a bit more realistically.

However, this story is still interesting, well written and a bit creepy. Just remember that it is fiction!

It was published in Lavie Tidhar's ``An Occupation of Angels'' (ISBN: 095385986X), but that book appears to be difficult to find. Fortunately, it is available free at InfinityPlus.

Contributed by John C. Konrath

As stated in the comments above, this work is numerology, not mathematics. In an infinitely long series of digits one can find any message for which one looks. Despite this the story had me looking for messages of my own.

More information about this work can be found at www.infinityplus.co.uk.
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Works Similar to The Gimatria of Pi
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Herr Doctor's Wondrous Smile by Vladimir Tasic
  2. The Book of Irrational Numbers by Michael Marshall Smith
  3. Pi by Darren Aronofsky (director)
  4. Leeches by David Albahari
  5. A Proof of God by Colin Adams
  6. Pieces of Pi by David Bartell
  7. The Center of the Universe by Alex Kasman
  8. The Einstein Enigma by José Rodrigues Dos Santos
  9. Year of the Rat by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  10. The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell
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Mathematical Content:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifFuture Prediction through Math, Religion,
Topic
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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