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iPhone SE (2022)
Weike Wang

Without being asked to do so, a Chinese-American woman's malfunctioning smartphone assistant begins teaching her about math, starting with the importance of the number zero and going up to solving systems of linear equations using Gaussian elimination. Although Gauss and Euclid are mentioned, it is important to the author that the main source cited in the story is The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Arts. In a postscript which follows the story in the collection Small Odysseys in which it was published, the author writes "I was trained in STEM for many years and through that process learned theories, reactions, processes, units, each named in honor of its creator. This creator is usually a genius and a white man from the West. [...] So, the idea of my iPhone story came from there. It's an exploration of old and new technologies, of tutelage, East meets West, genius versus madness, and authenticity versus credit."

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  7. Fermat's Best Theorem by Janet Kagan
  8. An Old Arithmetician by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
  9. Perturbation - For Nature Computes On A Straight Line (In Seven Balancing Acts) by Vijay Fafat
  10. In Our Prime [I-sang-han na-ra-eui su-hak-ja] by Lee Yong-jae (screenwriter) / Dong-hoon Park (director)
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

MotifMath Education,
TopicComputers/Cryptography, Algebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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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.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)