a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A short play in which poet W.H. Auden delivers a speech in 1954 on the same day that he learns of the death of his friend, mathematician Alan Turing. Although they were contemporaries, I'm not aware of any evidence Auden and Turing actually knew each other outside of this work of fiction. But, it is interesting to speculate that the two gay British men might have been friends, and it gives the playwright the opportunity to compare and contrast what their respective works had to say about human creativity.
|More information about this work can be found at www.aronovitch.ca.|
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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