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Mine the Primes (2005)
Julian Todd

In this SF short story, mathematicians work to discover new prime numbers which are used to power space ships. The concept of "mining" numbers probably seemed very "science fictiony" and perhaps even absurd when this story was written. Of course, in these days of cryptocurrencies, it does not sound very far fetched at all!

This story was first published in The Elastic Book of Numbers (Elastic Press 2005), which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology in 2006.

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GenreScience Fiction,
TopicAlgebra/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.

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