a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Tangents (1986) ||Greg Bear |
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by the same author)
|There are far too many mathematical stories about finding a way to
travel into "other dimensions". Still, this one is one of my
favorites. Not only do we see a clever approach to this "old"
storyline, we also get to see a happy ending to a famous sad story.
(The main character is obviously based on Alan Turing, but in this
incarnation he does not suffer the same fate which he unfortunately
suffered in reality.)
First published in Omni magazine in 1986. Reprinted in Mathenauts.
It's weird how similar this is to Oracle: both stories about alternate universes in which an Alan Turing like character lives by guys named Greg.
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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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