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Math related stories

richardshagrin

Not Aftermath, stories that have mathematics as one of the key elements. Likely Science fiction, although it might be possible to link magic and the ability to do higher mathematics.

The real reason for the topic is Algebra. If you study algebra on April first, you will learn how to make a bra out of seaweed (algae). Yes, an algae bra.

Dominions Son
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@richardshagrin

The Incomplete Enchanter.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Incomplete-Enchanter-Sprague-deCamp-ebook/dp/B005HRT9XU

Magic done via symbolic logic,a branch of mathematics.

awnlee jawking

@richardshagrin

'The Algebraist' by Ian M Banks (dead tree).

Maths also makes a peripheral and, IMHO unconvincing, appearance in 'A Fresh Start' by rlfj (SOL).

Perhaps other forumoholics can recall stories where characters come up with maths-related lottery, roulette or poker systems. I'd be interested in reading them.

AJ

Gauthier

@richardshagrin

stories that have mathematics as one of the key elements.


Anything by hamminbyrd7 (http://storiesonline.net/a/hammingbyrd7) is heavy on math, but geometry is a central key element for:
http://storiesonline.net/series/212/undiscovered-countries

richardshagrin

anathema:

1.something or someone that one vehemently dislikes
synonyms: an abomination · an outrage · an abhorrence

ticks: blood sucking insects (see politics) That come in series, like election campaigns every two or four years. The current series is Series M.

M anathema ticks. The source for the word, Mathematics.

Crumbly Writer
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Mathematics is extremely difficult to carry off in fiction, as few readers will take the time to do the math required to understand the processes involved. "The Martian" was an exception, in that it was a wonderfully involving book, and the math never felt overwhelming. More importantly, you could follow the story without following the math--though it added greatly to appreciating the story.

Focusing a story on math is similar to including maps of website references in a story. The problem is, few readers will remove themselves from the story long enough to do their research. Readers like to lose themselves in a book, and don't want to be pulled away. The easy solution, is to make the story stand on its own (without relying on external knowledge). That's why such stories are rare, and successful ones are even rarer.

Science fiction is a good example. Science fiction is incredibly popular, but most of that is actually science fantasy, imaginary worlds not based on science. Hard science fiction is harder to write, as it requires an in-depth knowledge of the science principals involved, and you've got to convey the information to readers largely uninterested in such trivia.

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