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Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder (1987)
Rudy Rucker (editor)
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Highly Rated!

This collection contains a wonderful assortment of mathematically oriented SF written between 1962 (when Mathematical Magpie appeared) and 1987 when this volume was published. Editor Rudy Rucker is a former math professor and well known author of mathematical fiction in his own right. Unfortunately, it is out of print and hard to find.


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Ratings for Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder:
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Mathematical Content:
5/5 (4 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.25/5 (4 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories, Collection,

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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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