Mathematical Fiction (compiled by Alex Kasman)

This database lists over 1500 short stories, plays, novels, films, and comic books in the English language containing mathematics or mathematicians, searchable and sortable by several parameters, also with links to secondary literature and recommendations.

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Lasta lekcio en Gotingeno
*de
Davide Osenda,
kun eseo de Davide Astori

komiksrakonto trad. el la itala, pri la nefini-teorio de Cantor

MathFiction: Ultima lezione a Gottinga [Last lecture at Göttingen] (Davide Osenda)

*The Refund* (A Play
in One Act for Seven Males) by Frigyes Karinthy, adapted by Percival Wilde (1938).

*Logicomix*: Logic and Madness Reviewed

A
Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, novel by Janna Levin
(*Reason & Society* blog, May 23, 2018)

Review: Sydney Padua, *The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage*

Review of Bonnie Bilyeu Gordon, *Songs from Unsung
Worlds: Science in Poetry*

James Joyce & Mathematics & Logic

Lewis Carroll’s Logic Games, Mathematical Recreations, Puzzles & Paradoxes

Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, & the Fourth Dimension

Board Games & Related Games & Recreations: Web Guide

Science Humor & Parody: Select Bibliography

Ramon Llull & His Influence: Select Bibliography & Web Guide

Cybernetics & Artificial Intelligence: Ideology Critique

Science Fiction & Utopia Research Resources: A Selective Work in Progress

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Arithmophobia: An Anthology of Mathematical Horror*, edited by Robert Lewis.
Polymath Press, 2024.

Bamford,
Alice. *Chalk
and the Architrave: Mathematics and Modern Literature*. PhD dissertation,
King’s College, University of Cambridge, 2015.

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Fantasia Mathematica: Being a Set of Stories, Together with a Group of Oddments and Diversions, All Drawn from the Universe of Mathematics*, compiled and edited by Clifton Fadiman.
New York: Copernicus, 1997. Originally published: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.

Fonseca, Carlos. *Colonel Lágrimas*, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell. Brooklyn, NY: Restless Books, 2016.

Novel featuring mathematician Alexander Grothendieck. See also Labatut.

Hart, Sarah. *Once upon a Prime: The Wondrous Connections between Mathematics and Literature*. New York: Flatiron Books, 2023.

*Imaginary Numbers: an Anthology of Marvelous Mathematical Stories, Diversions, Poems, and Musings*, edited by William Frucht. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1999.

Kasman, Alex. *Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction*. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, 2005.

Labatut, Benjamín. *When We Cease to Understand the World*, translated from the Spanish by Adrian Nathan West.
New York: New York Review Books; London: Pushkin Press, 2020.

Fictionalized, dark tales of landmark 20th century physicists Heisenberg, De Broglie, Schrödinger, Bohr, Karl Schwarzschild, and Einstein; chemist and war criminal Fritz Haber, and ... in “The Heart of the Heart” mathematician Alexander Grothendieck is featured. Grothendieck is also mentioned in part VI of “The Night Gardener.” See also Fonseca, above.

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The Mathematical Magpie: Being More Stories, Mainly Transcendental, Plus Subsets of Essays, Rhymes, Music, Anecdotes, Epigrams, and Other Prime Oddments and Diversions, Rational or Irrational, All Derived from the Infinite Domain of Mathematics*, assembled and edited, with a foreword, introduction and commentaries by Clifton Fadiman.
New York: Copernicus, 1997. Rev. and updated: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. Originally published: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962.

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Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder*, edited by Rudy Rucker. New York: Arbor House, 1987.
(Wikipedia)

*Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature*, translated and edited by Warren
F. Motte, Jr. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.

*The Shape of Content: Creative Writing on Mathematics and Science*, edited by Chandler Davis, Marjorie Wikler Senechal, Jan Zwicky. Wellesley, MA: A K Peters, 2008.

Suri, Gaurav; Bal, Hartosh Singh. *A Certain Ambiguity: A Mathematical Novel*. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. With a new foreword by Keith Devlin, 2010.

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Mathematics--FictionMathematics--Literary collections.

See also: *Ars Combinatoria * Study Guide: Supplementary Bibliography.

“Young Archimedes” (1924) by Aldous Huxley

Il piccolo archimede(Italian video adaptation, 1979)

Prelude to Fame(UK film, 1950)

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