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Storm: The Chronicles of Pandarve (1993)
Martin Lodewijk (writer) / Don Lawrence (artist)
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Storm was a long-running Dutch science fiction comic book series that was also serialized in many English publications. Mathematics arose in a subplot where the living planet, Pandarve, is distracted from her godlike duties by an ongoing attempt to prove Fermat's Last Theorem. She is dismayed when the protagonist named Storm, in an attempt to get her focused on more urgent problems, tells her of the proof by Andrew Wiles. Afterwards, Storm makes Pandarve happy again by providing her with another famous open problem from number theory to work on: Goldbach's Conjecture.

Although Storm ran in various guises from 1977 to 2011, as far as I can tell this mathematical component appeared in just three issues from "The Chronicles of Pandarve": The Von Neumann Machine (De Von Neumann-Machine) from 1993, The Genesis Equation (De Genesis-Formule) from 1995, and The Armageddon Traveller (De Armageddon Reiziger) published in 2001.

Note: It was Vijay Fafat who told me about this work of mathematical fiction way back in 2012. However, his e-mail message arrived at an unfortunate time and was misplaced. I only rediscovered that message in 2021 and am working my way through the many suggestions it contained. I am very grateful to Vijay for the suggestion and also very sorry that it has taken me so long to act upon it.

More information about this work can be found at www.donlawrenceshop.com.
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAliens, Proving Theorems,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Real Mathematics,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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