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The Captured Cross-Section (1929)
Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
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Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for hardcore fans of science fiction.

Another "extra dimensions" story, with the twist of our hero having to save his fiance (also a mathematician) from terrifying dangers. There is some nonsense at the beginning about rotations and a count of variables/equations that probably had its basis in a reasonable linear algebra class but just comes out sounding kind of silly here.

Contributed by Anonymous

Hard to believe this story dates from 1929, but then, I read it in 1965 and that is also hard for me to believe :-).

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Works Similar to The Captured Cross-Section
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  6. Into the Fourth by Adam Hull Shirk
  7. Scandal in the Fourth Dimension by Amelia Reynolds Long (as "A.R. Long")
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  9. A Modern Comedy of Science by Issac Nathanson
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Ratings for The Captured Cross-Section:
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Mathematical Content:
2.33/5 (3 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (3 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions, Female Mathematicians, Romance,
MediumShort Stories,

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