MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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(Note: This is not the entire list of works of Mathematical Fiction. To see the entire list, click here.)
The Square Root of 2 (2015)
Hackie Reitman (writer and director) / Bernard Salzmann (director)
A movie about the difficulties faced by an autistic young woman with over-protective parents who attends college to pursue a career in mathematics. Author/director Reitman is an M.D. with an interest in... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-02-20 21:26:53
Die Gleichung des Lebens [The Equation of Life] (2017)
Norman Ohler
This German novel is based on the true story of Leonhard Euler being assigned by Frederick the Great to supervise the draining of the Oderbruch marshlands near Berlin. From reviews I have read, I know... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-02-15 19:21:10
The Mad Mathematician (from ITV's Junior Maths) (1984)
ITV~Schools
Each episode of Junior Maths, a British children's TV program that was part of ITV Schools, featured a story about "The Mad Mathematician". For example, in this episode (currently available on YouTube),... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-02-09 16:40:21
What the Revolution Requires (2020)
Timons Esaias
A minimalist short story in which an author seeks to write a ground breaking work of mathematical fiction: Raymond had several plotlines laid out, all their steps organized and ready. He intended to... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-31 19:45:50
Incident on Simpac III: A Scientific Novel (2018)
Doug Brugge
In this science fiction novel, human colonization of extra-solar planets is guided by "synthesis", mathematical algorithms that make determinations about the best course of action in the future based on... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-21 11:53:54
The Simplest Equation (2014)
Nicky Drayden
Mariah is a Stanford University math major who has lost her interest in the subject of mathematics. She is initially annoyed when Kwalla takes the seat next to hers in class. Kwalla is an alien with... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-19 16:35:23
Det sista ordet inom vetenskapen [The Last Word in Science] (1987)
Peter Nilson
This is very short story by a Swedish astronomer and author which presents a mathematical version of the biblical story of Genesis. Carl Gustav Werner, who kindly brought it to my attention, translates... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-07 14:35:47
Och fjättra Lilith i kedjor [And Shackle Lilith in Chains] (2005)
Åsa Schwarz
People die of shortage of blood, with bite marks on their necks. But, no, there is a natural explanation to it. Some old sect devoted to Lilith, and governed by mathematical principles, lies behind,... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-07 14:29:17
Divide Me By Zero (2019)
Lara Vapnyar
Notes intended to be the outline for a math textbook by the narrator's mother instead give structure to her stories about her mother's death and her own love life. Like the author, the character Katya... (more)
Last Changed: 2020-01-07 13:45:13
Incendies (2010)
Denis Villeneuve / Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne / Wajdi Mouawad
After their mother is struck speechless at a pool, resulting in her hospitalization and then her death, twins Jeanne and Simon are given two sealed envelopes and told to deliver them to the father they... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-19 15:27:42
Middlegame (2019)
Seanan McGuire
When they were young, Roger (who lives in Cambridge MA and loves words) and Dodger (who lives in Palo Alto and loves math) had a psychic link that allowed them to see through each other's eyes, and to... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-12 13:24:24
Time Bends (The Students Tale) in The Rags of Time (2009)
Maureen Howard
The poetic ramblings of an aging author confined to her New York apartment, who presumably is Maureen Howard herself, include short stories about the ongoing lives of her characters, including the math... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-11 14:43:32
The Helpline (2019)
Katherine Collette
In this work of fiction, an anti-social character who believes that all of life's questions can be answered by mathematics discovers that there's more to life than numbers. In this particular version... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-09 11:14:43
Number of Love (The Codebreakers) (2019)
Roseanna M. White
This novel may fall into an unlikely combination of categories (it is a wartime religious historical romance spy story that is also mathematical), but its main character is a familiar stereotype: Margot... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-09 11:09:59
Murmur (2019)
Will Eaves
A novel about a character whose story is clearly closely modeled on the life of Alan Turing. Like Turing, Alec Pryor is a British mathematician whose worldview is shaped by a childhood romance with a... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-09 10:44:07
Saint Joan of New York: A Novel About God and String Theory (2019)
Mark Alpert
A teenage math genius living in Manhattan believes she has been contacted by God to let her know that her work on string theory is part of an important cosmic plan. In many ways, Joan Cooper is like... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-12-07 14:56:24
The Monkey in Hilbert's Hotel (2019)
K. B. Basant
This is yet another tale about a hotel to illustrate the mind-blowing properties of infinite cardinals. Like the others, which you can find listed below among the "similar works", this is only barely... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-11-03 17:10:16
The Men who Murdered Mohammed (1958)
Alfred Bester
A time-travel story in which Henry Hassel travels back in time to change the past (specifically, to kill his wife who has cheated on him), but finds that none of the usual time-travel tropes apply. In... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-10-31 14:17:28
The Limit (2019)
Freya Smith / Jack Williams
This pop-rock musical about the life of mathematician Sophie Germain was performed in March 2019 at the VAULT festival in London. The playwrights were supposedly looking for a historical female character... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-09-16 10:33:18
In Alien Flesh (1978)
Gregory Benford
A human scientist discovers that the Drongheda, a whale-like alien species, do sophisticated mathematics that he can access by climbing inside an orifice and implanting electrodes inside their bodies.... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-09-02 09:43:51
Prime Suspect: The Anatomy of Integers and Permutations (2019)
Andrew Granville / Jennifer Granville / Robert J. Lewis (Illustrator)
In this graphic novel, the surprising coincidences between complete factorizations of integers, permutations, and polynomials is presented as if it were the discovery of a forensic team investigating seemingly... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-08-22 14:16:50
Null Set (2019)
S.L. Huang
Cas Russell, the math-genius mercenary, returns in the sequel to Zero Sum Game. As before, she can perform calculations quickly and accurately enough to determine exactly how she needs to swing, kick,... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-08-19 15:49:29
Account Unsettled [Crime Impuni] (1954)
Georges Simenon
Elie is a Polish Jew who has come to study math in pre-war France. He is noticeably anti-social and awkward. He seems to be aware of the landlady's daughter, but neither to be in love with her nor sexually... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-08-19 14:43:37
Prime (2013)
Steve Erickson
Because he is jealous of the relative success of colleagues he considers his intellectual inferiors, a mathematician kidnaps a celebrity to learn the numerical secret of fame. The kidnapper in this... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-08-13 11:42:18
Applied Scientific Demiurgy I - Entrance Examination Information Sheet (2019)
Mario Daniel Martín
This document is designed to prepare students for an entrance exam into a university program on creating universes. For example: In this practical entrance examination, the basic abilities of creating... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-07-30 15:26:00
I Had to Call In a Mathematician (2019)
Erik Talvila
This short story published in the Mathematical Intelligencer answers the age old question "What if math was more like plumbing?" “Hi Janice. It’s Mort. I’ve got another problem here and I’ve... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-07-23 15:42:45
Benchmark (2014)
Catherine Aird
This short story does little more than set up the scenario of the famous Prisoner's Dilemma from game theory. The detectives do discuss the connection between their situation and that theoretical example... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-07-12 12:15:36
One Under the Eight (1994)
Catherine Aird
A creative but simple mathematical code is utilized by a criminal to secretly pass a number (one that will disable a security system) to an accomplice during a wine tasting event in this short detective... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-07-12 12:00:51
The Tenth Muse (2019)
Catherine Chung
This wide-ranging work of historical fiction unfolds in the period from just before World War II though to the 1960s, in America, Europe and Asia. In the first chapter, Katherine who narrates it is already... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-07-01 19:06:19
The Absolute Value of Mike (2011)
Kathryn Erskine
Mike is a fourteen-year-old with dyscalculia, but his father is a professional mathematician and is quite insistent that he should learn math and go to Newton High, the math magnet school. According to... (more)
Last Changed: 2019-05-29 15:06:05

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