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Note: This work of mathematical fiction is recommended by Alex for hardcore fans of science fiction. 
When this story takes place, the fictional "Drode's Equations" have been
lost for so long that they have become practically mythological. And so
the historian protagonist is surprised to find them in his own family
library. The author does a very good job of conveying what it feels like
to look at an equation and try to understand it. As the historian gets
more and more aquainted with the equations in question, he begins to
realize that the significance of them is the absence of the variable
representing time in one of them, even though it is supposed to be
equivalent to the others in which time is explicit. As a consequence, even
if just briefly, he is able to perceive the reality around him without
time.
It was reprinted in The Ascent of Wonder and you can read the comments that appear in that volume about it here. 
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Exciting News: The total number of works of mathematical fiction listed in this database recently reached a milestone. The 1,500th entry is The Man of Forty Crowns by Voltaire. Thanks to Vijay Fafat for writing the summary of that work (and so many others). I am also grateful to everyone who has contributed to this website. Heck, I'm grateful to everyone who visited the site. Thank you!
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