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The Strange Case of Mr. Jean D. (1983)
Joao Filipe Queiro

Published in the Mathematical Intelligencer magazine (Math.Intell. 5, 3 78-90 (1983)) this is the story of a mathematician who has a nightmare: Pi is rational! (Thanks to Nuno Crato for the suggestion.)

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  5. Riot at the Calc Exam and Other Mathematically Bent Stories by Colin Adams
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  10. Arithmetic Town / Arithmetic by Todd McEwen
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GenreHumorous, Didactic,
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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