MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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The Magic Two-Horn (1949)
Sergey Pavlovich Bobrov
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I barely know anything about this Russian children's book that takes place in a magical mathematical world. Maxim Arnold mentioned it to me at a conference in Oaxaca and told me only that many mathematicians cite it as a source of their interest in mathematics. If you know any more details, please write to let me know.

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Works Similar to The Magic Two-Horn
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Three Days in Karlikania by Vladimir Levshin
  2. Number Stories: Learning Arithmetic Through the Adventures of Ralph and His Schoolmates by Alhambra G. Deming
  3. The Number Devil [Der Zahlenteufel] by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  4. Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
  5. Night of the Frightening Fractions by Robert Black
  6. Night of the Paranormal Patterns by Robert Black
  7. Little Zero the Seafarer [Captain One's frigate] by Vladimir Levshin
  8. Donald in Mathmagic Land by Hamilton Luske (director)
  9. Harvey Plotter and the Circle of Irrationality by Nathan Carter / Dan Kalman
  10. Quaternia by Tom Petsinis
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Categories:
GenreFantasy, Didactic, Children's Literature,
Motif
TopicReal Mathematics,
MediumNovels,

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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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