
A Perfect Equation (The Secret Scientists of London) (2022) 
 Elizabeth Everett 

Miss Letitia Fenley wishes to compete for the prestigious Rosewood Prize for Mathematics. Unfortunately, she is distracted from her research by her role in a secret society of female scientists in Victorian... (more) Last Changed: 20220125 08:50:56 



The Use of Geometry in the Modern Novel (1956) 
 Norman Clarke 

A slightly humorous short story written as a “how to?” piece. The author asks if a story can be written to reflect a geometrical theorem,
“translating this meager framework into a well piece... (more) Last Changed: 20220119 22:15:09 


Geometric Regional Novel (1969) 
 Gert Jonke 

An odd but charming book which describes a dreamy, strange, very static, grey world nestled in some corner of thought. In measured, clipped tones, the narrator describes the mathematically precise contours... (more) Last Changed: 20220119 19:48:12 


Klein Bottle (1978) 
 ChoSe Hui 

This is another short Korean tale, where the author has again tried to give a parallel between a situation in real life and a geometrical object, this time the Klein bottle (also see the author’s “The... (more) Last Changed: 20220118 07:12:53 


A Matter of Geometry (1915) 
 Ared White 

Pythagoras Theorem (or some algebraic operations like squareroots or mental arithmetic) is a device used sometimes to stand in for mathematical erudition, intellectual thinking and the like. In “A... (more) Last Changed: 20220117 22:12:15 


Super 30 (2019) 
 Vikas Bahl (director) / Sanjeev Dutta (writer) 

A superb Bollywood movie based on a real life hero, Anand Kumar, who seems so fictional and yet, so very real in the context of a country like India. The very best in human values which appeal to a higher... (more) Last Changed: 20220113 21:33:50 


Dalrymple’s Equation (1956) 
 Paul Fairman 

A tall tale about an alien “from Arva Majoris [...] a planet in a galaxy beyond the conception of [humanity’s] most brilliant minds.” . He’s taken on the name, “Tennyson Dalrymple” and uses... (more) Last Changed: 20220111 17:14:06 


Bonnie's Story: A Blonde's Guide to Mathematics (2013) 
 Janis Hill 

Bonnie wakes one morning to find an unusual stranger named Rogan taking pictures of street signs near her home. Despite the apparent implications of being "a blonde", Bonnie is sufficiently wellversed... (more) Last Changed: 20220111 08:06:16 


Hypatia or The Divine Algebra (2000) 
 Mac Wellman 

Artistically produced offBroadway play about the famous female
mathematician who was tortured to death by Christian monks in the 5th
Century. In Wellman's unusual telling, however, Hypatia ends up... (more) Last Changed: 20220108 13:51:35 


The Mathematical Kid (1940) 
 Ross Rocklynne 

Ross Rocklynne had a specific style in many of his stories. Set up a very nonstandard astrophysical situation, and then solve it unconventionally. In “The Mathematical Kid”, he describes a young... (more) Last Changed: 20220108 12:45:38 


The Gift of Numbers (1958) 
 Alan Nourse 

A mild story about an accounting bookkeeper, Avery Mearns, who runs into a stranger called, “The Colonel” at the local bar. “The Colonel had a way with numbers like no other guy around. It was... (more) Last Changed: 20220106 15:43:32 


Futility (1929) 
 Sterner St. Paul Meek (S.P. Meek) 

There is an old folk story, “The Appointment in Samarra”, in which a man sees Death in a market in Baghdad and flees to Samarra to escape its clutches, only to find that his appointment with Death... (more) Last Changed: 20220104 08:10:23 


Say Wen (1930) 
 Ellis Parker Butler 

If you have a story’s tagline as...
“I assure you that I am not an unduly formal woman, but I consider it decidedly undignified for a dean of a coeducational college to hold a Professor of Higher... (more) Last Changed: 20220103 10:25:05 


The Girl Who Loved Mathematics (1988) 
 Elizabeth Smithers 

A sad tale of a college girl, Gilberte (not her true name), who has a penchant for mathematics, having inherited from her father “who was was some high official who presumably dealt with estimates... (more) Last Changed: 20220102 21:51:04 


Folk Music Festivals
and Mathematics
Conferences (2015) 
 Erik Talvila 

The narrator in this work of mathematical fiction attends both a music festival and a math research conference. This allows the author, a math professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, to compare... (more) Last Changed: 20211230 19:50:53 


Project Flatty (1956) 
 Irving Cox Jr. 

A very, very nice tale of a doublefake, of phantasmical scenes and nightmares which lead one Rex Bannard to question what is real, what is contrived imagination, and whether we are creatures shackled... (more) Last Changed: 20211219 15:39:45 


The Pythagoras Problem (2019) 
 Trevor Baxendale 

A short story involving the 13th Doctor, a female, and (a drunken) Pythagoras, with his daughter, Myia. The piece deftly uses the idea that certain types of geometric patterns act as magical talismans... (more) Last Changed: 20211219 10:54:34 


La formule: (A story of fourth dimension) (1996) 
 Jean Ray 

A very short story from the ultramundane realm, relying on the theme that certain types of mathematical knowledge open up portals to higher dimensions.
A mathematical physicist, Lenglade, lives up high... (more) Last Changed: 20211218 19:15:14 


The Equationist (2018) 
 J. D. Moyer 

An odd but mathematically gifted child named Niall understands the people around him by identifying their central "equation".
I have put the word in quotes because it seems that what he is really thinking... (more) Last Changed: 20211217 16:11:32 


Fermat's Legacy (1992) 
 Ian Randal Strock 

A funny little story about the slightly malicious reason why Fermat wrote his famous note about his Last Conjecture in the margin of a book. Should be taken as just a chuckleworthy piece rather... (more) Last Changed: 20211217 14:55:21 


I’ll Follow The Sun (2014) 
 Paul Di~Filippo 

An American math student in Canada in 1964 obtains help from his math professor, Chan Davis, to avoid being drafted into the military during the Vietnam War, which had already killed his uncle. The math... (more) Last Changed: 20211216 04:37:19 


The Whole Mess (2016) 
 Jack Skillingstead 

By solving a mathematical equation brought to him by a young stranger, a math professor allows the squidlike "Masters" to enter our universe, leaving havoc in their wake. The professor finds himself... (more) Last Changed: 20211215 18:15:08 


Plane and Fancy (1944) 
 P. Schuyler Miller 

A wonderfully written yarn about a boy who envisions a nonEuclidean geometry, and conjures it up in reality to a very surprising effect... Along the way, there are strong shades of a RamanujanHardy... (more) Last Changed: 20211215 08:45:04 


Euler's Formula (2019) 
 Neil Hudson 

There are certain things in life which strike people as proof of existence of a transcendent power, a mystical presence of something beyond the mundane laws of the sciences. To some, Euler’s equation... (more) Last Changed: 20211208 19:29:56 



Roten av minus én [The Square Root of Minus One] (2006) 
 Atle Næss 

There are three different levels of reality in this novel: On the one hand it is the story of Terje Huuse, a Norwegian mathematician undergoing a midlife crisis. That part of the story is presented through... (more) Last Changed: 20211206 09:07:18 


Hamlet and Pfister Forms  A Tragedy in Four Acts (1992) 
 Jan Minac 

An absurd combination of comedy, advanced mathematics, and Shakespearean tragedy which was performed at the mathematical institute in Oberwolfach, Germany, 1992 and whose script is available at arXiv.org.... (more) Last Changed: 20211204 19:27:17 


Løvekvinnen [Lion Woman] (2006) 
 Erik Fosnes Hansen 

This Norwegian novel follows the life of a young girl who has a hairy face due to hypertrichosis.
According to Tom Louis Lindstrøm (who kindly brought this work of mathematical fiction to my attention)... (more) Last Changed: 20211204 16:28:58 


Final Integer (2021) 
 Thomas Reed Willemain 

In this short story, a number theorist is obsessed with one number, the date of his own death:
It has been said that number theory was once the purest of pure math. But in David’s academic circle,... (more) Last Changed: 20211204 08:58:10 
