a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
Two friends, a poet and a mathematician (who is described as the author of a study on "the theorem which Fermat did not write in the margin of a page of Diophantus") arrive at an abandoned house in the poet's hometown. The poet explains that the house is a labyrinth and that his owner was killed in it many years ago. He tells his friend the story of the man and his death, which remains a mystery. The mathematician after a couple of days of thought meets his friend again and explains to him the correct solution. Passing references are made to set theory and the description of a straight line as the arc of an infinite circle, although neither figures prominently in the plot.
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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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