MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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Forbidden Knowledge (1987)
Kathryn Cramer
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Mathematical statements can sound pretty strange, practically humorous, when you don't know the technical definitions of the terms. This somewhat frightening story has such a statement as its punchline. Specifically, it all builds up to a quote from Irving Kaplansky's Fields and Rings:
We shall have no need to assign meaning to Ext itself; we shall speak only of its vanishing.
The story was published in 1987 in Rudy Rucker's collection Mathenauts, still the only place I know of to find it.

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Works Similar to Forbidden Knowledge
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Drode's Equations by Richard Grant
  2. The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks
  3. The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
  4. The Math Code by Alex Kasman
  5. Probability Pipeline by Rudy Rucker / Marc Laidlaw
  6. Conservation of Probability by Brook West
  7. The Whisper of Disks by John Meaney
  8. The Riddle of the Universe & Its Solution by Christopher Cherniak
  9. La formule: (A story of fourth dimension) by Jean Ray
  10. My Random Friend by Larry Eisenberg
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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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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