a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|As one might guess from the title of the literary journal in which it was published ("Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens #4"), this story is a bit strange. According to the author, it is absurdist and contains `concrete math'. In the story, 888 (the integer) is good friends with Gengis Khan and helps him find a planet to conquer. He does this using Gematria and by offering him integers with interesting properties (being prime or having the sum of their digits as a factor) that also look pretty when their digits are displayed as a graphic in a grid. (I'm guessing that these numbers may actually have the claimed properties, and that this is what Earls means by `concrete math', but I did not check.)
Anyway, read this story to find out why it is not possible to do any (correct) computations with the number 888.
|More information about this work can be found at www.absurdistjournal.com.|
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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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