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The New Reality (1950)
Charles Leonard Harness
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

The theme of this story concerns the idea that observation determines reality, and takes it to a more profound level than is usual in quantum mechanics. Along the way, the history of π and of four-dimensionality are discussed.

First appeared in THRILLING WONDER STORIES (1950), reprinted in several anthologies, including the author's THE ROSE.

Contributed by Georgene MacDonald

I am not qualified to comment on the math content - I accidentally fell into your site while looking for the author's name. This is a strange and fascinating place!

I read this story in the 1980s and still think about it from time to time. On first read I thought it was absolutely amazing and it stayed with me for a long time. I re-read it about 10 years later and it wasn't as good as I remembered it being. I am looking for it now to see what happens on third reading! So the Literary Quality score could change ...

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  2. The Fourth-Dimensional Demonstrator by Murray Leinster
  3. The Cube Root of Conquest by Rog Phillips
  4. The Appendix and the Spectacles by Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
  5. Into the Fourth by Adam Hull Shirk
  6. Gold Dust and Star Dust by Cyrill Wates
  7. A Modern Comedy of Science by Issac Nathanson
  8. The Mobius Trail by George Smith
  9. The Professor's Experiments - The Dimension of Time by Paul Bold
  10. Mathematician’s Heaven by Hunter Frances
Ratings for The New Reality:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifHigher/Lower Dimensions,
MediumShort Stories,

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