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Benchmark (2014)
Catherine Aird
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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 a bit at the end. They even use mathematical expressions like "non-zero-sum". This might be an interesting way to learn about this topic if you were not already familiar with it. Otherwise, I'm not sure there is much reason to read it.

Thanks to Johan Richter who wrote to let me know about Aird's use of mathematics in this story and also in One Under the Eight.

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Works Similar to Benchmark
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Gaming Instinct (Spieltrieb) by Juli Zeh
  2. Schaurige Mathematik by Alexander Mehlmann
  3. One Under the Eight by Catherine Aird
  4. L.A. Math: Romance, Crime and Mathematics in the City of Angels by James D. Stein
  5. Los crímenes de Alicia [The Alice Murders / The Oxford Brotherhood] by Guillermo Martinez
  6. Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins
  7. Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective by Alexei Maxim Russell
  8. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein
  9. The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman
  10. Elementary (Episode: Solve for X) by Jerry Levine (director) / Jeffrey Paul King (screenplay)
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

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