MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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1 to 999 (1981)
Isaac Asimov
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When cryptologists try to break a simple code, one of the key clues is the frequency with which letters appear. In English, the letter "a" is one of the most frequently used letters. It is therefore curious to note (and this is the clue to the solution of this "mystery") that when one writes out the names of the positive integers ("zero, one, two, three, ...") one does not use an "a" until one thousand! (Watch out for the bad pun at the end!)
First published in Twilight Zone magazine (1981) and reprinted in Mathenauts.

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Works Similar to 1 to 999
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Child's Play by Isaac Asimov
  2. Ten by Isaac Asimov
  3. The Math Code by Alex Kasman
  4. Bianca by Nanni Moretti (director and screenplay)
  5. The Mathematicians of Grizzly Drive by Josef Skvorecky
  6. The Visiting Professor by Robert Littell
  7. And Be a Villain by Rex Stout
  8. Without a Trace (Episode: Claus and Effect) by David Amann (writer) / Alicia Kirk (writer) / Bobby Roth (Director)
  9. Cardano and the Case of the Cubic by Jeff Adams
  10. Getting the Combination by Isaac Asimov
Ratings for 1 to 999:
RatingsHave you seen/read this work of mathematical fiction? Then click here to enter your own votes on its mathematical content and literary quality or send me comments to post on this Webpage.
Mathematical Content:
1.75/5 (4 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2.75/5 (4 votes)
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Categories:
GenreMystery, Humorous,
Motif
TopicComputers/Cryptography,
MediumShort Stories,

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