a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Although it is nice to see a more recent collection of mathematical
stories (published in 1999), I'm afraid that many of these works seem
only tenuously connected to mathematics at best. Stories about the
many-world interpretation of quantum mechanics and poems written by
computers, for instance, are apparently "mathematical" to the editor,
though to me they appear misplaced in a collection with this title.
Still, I am glad to have found and read this collection for at least a
few of its entries have stayed with me. (Most notably the short story
"Schwarzschild's Radius" has haunted me since I read it weeks ago!)
For more details (and more of my opinions) see the review of this book which was published in the AMS Notices.
This is a classic collection. Half to two-thirds of the stories are amazing. Even the so-so ones was probably just over my head.
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|Works Similar to Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings
|According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder by Rudy Rucker (editor)
- The Mathematics of Magic by L. Sprague de Camp / Fletcher Pratt
- Intoxicating Heights (Höhenrausch. Die Mathematik des XX. Jahrhunderts in
zwanzig Gehirnen) by Dietmar Dath
- Mathe-Matti by Anuradha Mahasinghe
- Do Androids Dream of Symmetric Sheaves?: And Other Mathematically Bent Stories by Colin Adams
- Reality Conditions: short mathematical fiction by Alex Kasman
- The Mathematical Magpie: Being more stories, mainly transcendental, plus subjects of essays, rhymes, music, anecdotes, ... by Clifton Fadiman (editor)
- Fantasia Mathematica : Being a Set of Stories, Together With a Group of Oddments and Diversions, All Drawn from ... by Clifton Fadiman (editor)
- Number Stories: Learning Arithmetic Through the Adventures of Ralph and His Schoolmates by Alhambra G. Deming
- Number Stories of Long Ago by David Eugene Smith
|Ratings for Imaginary Numbers : An Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings:
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3.75/5 (6 votes)
3.85/5 (7 votes)
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)