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Mersenne's Mistake (2008)
Jason Earls
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This is a nice piece of mathematical fiction in which the mathematician/monk Marin Mersenne encounters a demon with amazing mathematical skills. Like the other stories by Earls, this seems to be designed to showcase the interesting numbers which he has found using computer algebra tools.

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  3. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price
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  5. Yesternight by Cat Winters
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GenreHistorical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Religion,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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