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The Robot's Math Lessons (2019)
Yoon Ha Lee
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In this very short story, intentionally incorrect mathematical formulas result in an unusual friendship between a servitor and a human child.

The story was posted as free "flash fiction" on the author's website and was published by Simon and Schuster in 2019 in an anthology of stories that take place in the same universe as Ninefox Gambit.

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Works Similar to The Robot's Math Lessons
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  2. Diaspora by Greg Egan
  3. Axiom of Dreams by Arula Ratnakar
  4. Snow by Geoffrey A. Landis
  5. The Axiom of Choice by David W. Goldman
  6. The Woman Who Shook the World-Tree by Michael Swanwick
  7. The Simplest Equation by Nicky Drayden
  8. Emmy's Time by Anthony Bonato
  9. Proof by Induction by José Pablo Iriarte
  10. The Whole Mess by Jack Skillingstead
Ratings for The Robot's Math Lessons:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifFemale Mathematicians,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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