a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|A character deals with the voice in her head (which seems to like to do math), her aging parents, and her daughter.
I am grateful to Aidan Tompkins for bringing this short story to my attention, but neither of us is really certain whether it should be on this list of works of mathematical fiction to my attention. Since it is available free online, perhaps you could take a look at it now and let me know whether you think it should!
Here are the aspects of the story that are definitely mathematical:
The fact that she "hears voices" (well, "hears voice") and sees a psychiatrist about it might connect to the stereotype that links mathematicians and mental illness.
At the end of the story, her daughter brings in the idea of time travel and the Novikov Self-Consistency Principle, which is not mathematical itself even though discussions of time travel do sometimes involve math.
So, there you have it. Do you think this story is a work of mathematical fiction? I'm honestly not sure...
|More information about this work can be found at www.uncannymagazine.com.
|(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.)
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)
(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)