MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Det sista ordet inom vetenskapen [The Last Word in Science] (1987)
Peter Nilson
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This is very short story by a Swedish astronomer and author which presents a mathematical version of the biblical story of Genesis. Carl Gustav Werner, who kindly brought it to my attention, translates the opening sentences as:

(quoted from Det sista ordet inom vetenskapen [The Last Word in Science])

In the beginning God created the Borel sets.
And God said, “Let there be the Banach space, and thereby the potential to create manifolds. Let there also be the Hausdorff space, so that we can create universes.”
And God saw that the Banach space did exist, and that it was good, and his Spirit was moving through the Hausdorff space and counted the dimensions.

It was published in the author's book "Avgrundsbok" and, as far as I know, appears only in Swedish.

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Categories:
GenreFantasy,
MotifReligion,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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