MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)

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(Note: This is not the entire list of works of Mathematical Fiction. To see the entire list, click here.)
Time Travel for Love and Profit (2021)
Sarah Lariviere
Nephele Weather hated her freshman year of high school since her nerdy tendencies made her an outcast, even with her former best friend Vera Knight who abandoned her for the cool kids. Since her "only... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-27 09:30:19
The Raven and the Writing Desk (2019)
Ian T. Durham
In this work -- which is more of a Socratic dialogue utilizing characters from Lewis Carroll's fiction than it is a work of fiction itself -- the author explores philosophical questions regarding the existence... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-26 15:03:01
The Robot's Math Lessons (2019)
Yoon Ha Lee
In this very short story, intentionally incorrect mathematical formulas result in an unusual friendship between a servitor and a human child. The story was posted as free "flash fiction" on the author's website and was published by Simon and Schuster in 2019 in an anthology of stories that take place in the same universe as Ninefox Gambit. (more)
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The Mandelbrot Bet (2016)
Dirk Strasser
The byline of the story is: "Does mathematics truly describe the physical universe, or is the world of mathematics actually the universe itself? And what do these concepts have to do with the hopes and... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-25 11:37:31
Emmy's Time (2018)
Anthony Bonato
The main story-line is quite reminiscent of the pulp era, with its aw-shucks use of "recently discovered temporal fields" and "earth is about to be destroyed unless one brilliant mathematician can solve... (more)
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Percentage Player (1958)
Leslie Charteris
A really hilarious and confusing tale which has to be read very slowly to get the full gist, as it happens in almost every single probability problem one tries to solve. How many times have you been... (more)
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The Seventh Stair (1961)
Frank Brandon
Let this be a cautionary tale for all those who have not focused on polishing their mathematics skills. Someday, you may not be able to save a friend for lack of a suitable algebraic equation… As... (more)
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The Crazy Mathematician (1964)
Ralph Sylvester Underwood
Prof. Rumpel, a "genius touched by madness - a world sensation in the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy - you name it", considers matter and spacetime to be infinitely divisible. Just like there... (more)
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The Square Cube Law (1952)
Fletcher Pratt
JBS Haldane once wrote a wonderful article, “On Being the Right Size”, which can be found in James Newman’s “The World of Mathematics, Vol 2”. It encapsulates beautifully the idea that biologically,... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-21 10:52:43
Scandal in the Fourth Dimension (1934)
Amelia Reynolds Long (as "A.R. Long")
This is yet another pulp "sci-fi" story about a math professor who discovers the fourth dimension, and it barely mentions any math. However, there are two things I find interesting about it. One is... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-20 14:24:32
Into the Fourth (1925)
Adam Hull Shirk
Here's another one of those flimsy "Fourth Dimension" dimension stories; standard fare: a mathematician breathlessly invokes the higher spatial dimension to conjure up a window into hyperspace. This... (more)
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Let's Consider Two Spherical Chickens (2016)
Tommaso Bolognesi
Although it takes the form of a murder mystery, Bolognesi's "Let's Consider Two Spherical Chickens" really is more of an essay than a work of fiction. Like the other chapters from the collection in which... (more)
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Bone Chase (2020)
Weston Ochse
Ethan McCloud discovers a massive conspiracy to hide a historical truth in an thriller that combines science and the Bible. In this unsubtle attempt to create a new entry in the genre which achieved... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-07-13 09:35:18
Mathemagics (1990)
Patricia Duffy Novak
Kyria despises math and hates the fact that she is required to learn vector calculus at Salem University where she is studying magic. So, she determines to go back in time to learn how the ancient wizards... (more)
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Bellwether (1996)
Connie Willis
A statistician studying the causes of fads and a chaos theorist studying the behavior of animals write a joint grant proposal for a project involving sheep. That may not sound like a winning book summary,... (more)
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Perelman’s Refusal [Les Refus de Grigori Perelman] (2017)
Philippe Zaouati
I was quite concerned when I first heard that the American Mathematical Society was publishing this "novel" that promised "to immerse [the reader] in the tormented mind" of Grigori Perelman. I became... (more)
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The Smithsonian Institution (1998)
Gore Vidal
In the year 1939, a 13 year old orphan known only as "T." is recruited into a secret project to build a nuclear weapon after he is recognized by his algebra teacher as a math genius. From that description,... (more)
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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
Lev Grossman
This short film is based on a short story by Lev Grossman is a repeat-the-same-day romcom that uses 2D projections of a tesseract as a plot point! I liked it even if it’s a little handwavy, and math... (more)
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Trueman Bradley: Aspie Detective (2012)
Alexei Maxim Russell
Trueman Bradley moves from a small midwestern town to New York City to establish himself as a private detective. At first people try to discourage him as he seems highly unqualified. Not only has he... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-05-06 17:01:22
Doctor Who: The Turing Test (2000)
Paul Leonard
Mathematician Alan Turing appears as a primary character in this unusual Doctor Who novel, and narrates the first third of it. (The other two thirds are narrated by authors Graham Greene and Joseph Heller... (more)
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Calculated Risks (2021)
Seanan McGuire
In this sequel, Sarah must use her mathematical skills to rescue her cousins and a big chunk of Iowa State University from the dimension to which she banished them in Imaginary Numbers. The Price family,... (more)
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Storm: The Chronicles of Pandarve (1993)
Martin Lodewijk (writer) / Don Lawrence (artist)
Storm was a long-running Dutch science fiction comic book series that was also serialized in many English publications. Mathematics arose in a subplot where the living planet, Pandarve, is distracted... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-04-27 09:56:04
Freemium (2021)
Louis Evans
A man whose ethically questionable internet scheme made him a billionaire gets even more rich and powerful when unknown aliens provide him with factorizations of large integers and predictions of the stock... (more)
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The Girl in the Painting (2020)
Tea Cooper
Jane Piper and Elizabeth Quinn are both interested in mathematics in this historical fiction novel which bounces back and forth between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Quinn arrives... (more)
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Moby Dick (1851)
Herman Melville
I honestly had no idea that there was anything mathematical about this classic novel until Allan Goldberg suggested I look at Sara Hart's article on the subject in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. Of... (more)
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Magpie Lane (2020)
Lucy Atkins
This wonderful novel is difficult to describe, somewhere between literary fiction and a procedural mystery with the atmosphere of a supernatural thriller. The book is narrated by Dee, a nanny who is being... (more)
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Los crímenes de Alicia [The Alice Murders / The Oxford Brotherhood] (2019)
Guillermo Martinez
In this award-winning sequel to The Oxford Murders, logician Arthur Seldom and his graduate student "G" must again solve a mysterious crime. This time, the motive seems to involve the nude photos that... (more)
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End of Days (2011)
Eric Walters
Although it appears to the world as if many of the leading scientists and mathematicians coincidentally died during the same year, what actually happened to them in this YA novel is that they were kidnapped... (more)
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The Mathematicians (1953)
Arthur Feldman
A father tells his daughter of an invasion of the Earth by aliens who were "the greatest mathematicians in the galaxy": "Go on, papa. These beings over-ran all Earth. Go on from there." "You must... (more)
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Golden Math [Suugaku Golden] (2019)
Kuramaru Tatsuhiko
Haruichi Onoda is a high school student who aspires to represent Japan in the IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad). He meets a girl (Mami Nanase) who shares his passion. Though seemingly airheaded,... (more)
Last Changed: 2021-02-28 19:16:17

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