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Georgia on My Mind (1995)
Charles Sheffield
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The story has to do with Babbage's Analytical Engine and a remote region of Antarctica (the "Georgia" of the title). The mathematics bit, aside from Babbage, consists of a nonlinear optimization problem facing the main characters, for the solution of which they contact "Gene", a numerical analyst from Stanford, who was actually a real person (Gene Golub, an eminent numerical analysts whom I knew very well and co-authored four papers with). There is a brief discussion of the computational complexity of the problem ("it's definitely non-polynomial...").

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GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAliens, Real Mathematicians,
TopicComputers/Cryptography, Analysis/Calculus/Differential,
MediumShort Stories,

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