MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Don Juan oder die Liebe zur Geometrie (1953)
Max Frisch
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In this German play, sometimes presented in English translation as "Don Juan or the Love of Geometry", the famous lover explains to the audience that the other authors who have written about him have gotten it all wrong; it is mathematics and not women that he truly loves.

Thanks to Thorben Brunschötte for bringing this work of mathematical fiction to my attention.

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  4. Flower Arrangement by Rosel George Brown
  5. The Higher Mathematics by Martin C. Wodehouse
  6. Hamlet and Pfister Forms - A Tragedy in Four Acts by Jan Minac
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  8. Family Ties (Episode: My Tutor) by Jace Richdale (Screenplay) / Sam Weisman (Director)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous,
MotifRomance,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumPlays,

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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!

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