a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Rithmatic (2015) ||B.J. Novak |
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by the same author)
|A school principal secretly proposes to his students that they all just agree not to bother with math in school:
|(quoted from Rithmatic)|
“Now do I wish you all knew math? Were great at math? Were f---ing mathematicians? Of course! It'd be better. But not much better, listen to me. Not so much better that it's worth turning eight years of potential heaven — wait, nine? K-one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight, yeah, nine” — he wasn't, as was becoming clear, much of a math guy — “nine years of heaven of just reading books and jotting down your thoughts about them — it's just not worth turning nine years of heaven into nine years of hell. You'll get to high school, and you'll be behind in math, fine. But probably not that far — the other schools in this town are sh--, let's be honest.”
In some ways, this is more like an extended joke (from an author more famous for his stand-up routines than his writing), but I've decided to list it here anyway.
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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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