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The Cambridge Quintet (1999)
John L. Casti
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A group of famous historical figures, including Wittegenstein, Schrödinger, J.B.S. Haldane, and Alan Turing meet at the home of C.P. Snow to discuss the question of whether machines can think.

John Casti is a well known author of non-fiction books on popular mathematics, although his recent Mathematical Mountaintops had to be withdrawn from publication after charges of plagiarism. His more recent novel One True Platonic Heaven also features famous mathematicians as characters.

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Works Similar to The Cambridge Quintet
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Perelman’s Refusal [Les Refus de Grigori Perelman] by Philippe Zaouati
  2. One, True Platonic Heaven: A Scientific Fiction of the Limits of Knowledge by John L. Casti
  3. Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis
  4. Oracle by Greg Egan
  5. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin
  6. The Square Cube Law by Fletcher Pratt
  7. Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore (playwright)
  8. Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land by John Crowley
  9. Doctor Who: The Turing Test by Paul Leonard
  10. Lovesong of the Electric Bear by Snoo Wilson (playwright)
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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Alan Turing,

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