MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Estimator (Georges) (2007)
Lynn Margulis
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Georges Standon computes the probabilities of unlikely events for a living, especially those relating to outer space, but this does not prepare him for the complications in his personal life when an old lover shows up with surprising news. I could classify this story as "science fiction" below, since the setting involves some space travel that is not presently possible, but those aspects are not really relevant to the main thrust of the story which is more of a standard literary character study.

Like the author herself, the protagonists in the short stories comprising Lynn Margulis' Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love are all scientists. Each story explores a different character's professional and sex lives, with some characters shared between stories to tie them together.

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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:
Genre
MotifRomance,
TopicProbability/Statistics,
MediumShort Stories,

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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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