a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|The Next Dimension (1947) || Vladimir Karapetoff |
|"A Mathematical Play in Five Dialogs". Once again, we are treated to the
Flatland notion of two-dimensional creatures
pondering a "hypothetical" three dimensional existence. Many of the usual
concerns are here ("How can we protect ourselves if a three dimensional
creature could simply reach into our homes and take things without even
disturbing the four walls?") but there is a good deal more mathematical
sophistication than in most.
This work of Mathematical Fiction was published in the quarterly Yeshiva
University journal Scripta Mathematica in the 1947 Volume XIII.
Thanks to Sandro Caparrini (Torino, Italy) for pointing it out to me.
"The story is incomplete! Only three of the
five dialogs are printed, after which is written (To be continued. I
searched subsequent issues of Scripta Mathematica, but found no followup;
Google didn't find any reference to the ending; finally, I discovered that
the Karapetoff died in 1948 (this was published in 1947) so perhaps he
never completed the manuscript. He wrote another story, Are You Plus or
Minus? published in the Saturday Evening Post, v200 #22 p.146, Nov 26,
1927, but I haven't had a chance to get it from microform at the library yet."
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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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