
Locker 49, or the Volunteers (2021) 
 David Rogers 

This short story is a tale of mysterious synchronicity revolving around: the Fibonacci sequence, spirals, horrific deaths and disappearances of school children, spacetime anomalies, and an empty school... (more) Last Changed: 20211024 16:22:11 


Puzzles from Other Worlds (1984) 
 Martin Gardner 

This is the second collection of science fiction puzzles which Martin Gardner wrote for the Issac Asimov Science Fiction Magazine. The preface describes the book well (as well as the process of mathematical... (more) Last Changed: 20211024 15:52:43 


Science Fiction Puzzle Tales (1981) 
 Martin Gardner 

This is the first collection of science fiction puzzles which Martin Gardner wrote for the Issac Asimov Science Fiction Magazine. A number of these puzzles are mathematical, all very enjoyable. The preface:
When... (more) Last Changed: 20211024 15:49:27 



The Puzzling Adventures of Dr. Ecco (1988) 
 Dennis Shasha 

The first in a sequence of delightful books. This one offers 38 puzzles packaged very well as a collection of stories solved by Dr. Ecco. To introduce him:
“Dr. Jacob Ecco is a mathematical... (more) Last Changed: 20211024 15:37:54 


Proof by Induction (2021) 
 José Pablo Iriarte 

Paul Gifford is a waitingfortenure professor of mathematics at a university. His father, a professoremiritus of mathematics at the same university has just passed away. This death has come at a very... (more) Last Changed: 20211018 15:10:29 


Murder by Mathematics (1948) 
 Hector Hawton 

A murder mystery based on the purported discovery of the elementary proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. As the review from Scripta Mathematica, 1948, pg 294 describes:
... (more) Last Changed: 20211017 10:45:26 



The A, B, C of the Higher Mathematics (1907) 
 Ramaswami Aiyar 

A 1page lyrical parable about the evolution of calculus through the marriage of Algebra with the concept of Limits (so the tale says), and the birth of its 3 Princes  Astronomy (using Infinity),... (more) Last Changed: 20211013 21:28:37 


Path Correction (2021) 
 Sylvia Wenmackers 

This short story, published in the journal Nature, imagines a future in which people can have the Lyapunov exponent of their own lives evaluated for a fee. Theoretically, this would give them an idea... (more) Last Changed: 20211013 20:17:47 


The Adventures of a Mathematician (2020) 
 Thor Klein (writer/director) 

This film about mathematician Stanislaw Ulam is based on his autobiography with the same title but focuses only on the period of time when, as a recent immigrant from Poland, he was working on the Manhattan... (more) Last Changed: 20211012 07:40:56 


What the Tortoise Said to Achilles (1895) 
 Lewis Carroll 

A very short dialoguestory, where the Tortoise teaches Achilles that in the strictest sense of Logic, the process of inference from even 2 propositions to an almost automaticallyimplied third proposition... (more) Last Changed: 20211011 21:19:06 


The Riddle of the Universe & Its Solution (1978) 
 Christopher Cherniak 

The literature is quite rich in the exploration of harmful memes which can take over the mind through the body’s sensory apparatus, effectively seizing up the brain into a coma or an endless loop.... (more) Last Changed: 20211006 22:06:24 


The Spoilers (1968) 
 Desmond Bagley 

June, the daughter of Sir Robert Hellier, a wealthy movie moghul, dies of an overdose of heroin dissolved in a solution of methylamphetamine. So Sir Hellier decides to finance a nocostspared war against... (more) Last Changed: 20211003 18:40:34 


Number Stories of Long Ago (1919) 
 David Eugene Smith 

A really beautiful, wellcrafted book which presents a very wide variety of aspects of the history of number theory through fictional stories from Mesopotamia, Rome, Egypt, China, and many other places,... (more) Last Changed: 20211003 18:32:47 


Probability Pipeline (1988) 
 Rudy Rucker / Marc Laidlaw 

A typical Rudy Rucker short story full of technojargon and hippie language.
Delbert and Zep are two brothers looking for good surfing opportunities. One day, Delbert hypnotizes Zep and plants an... (more) Last Changed: 20211003 18:26:27 


The Snowball Effect (1952) 
 Katherine Maclean 

A comedic look at how experiments, particularly those in which the researcher has little control over the variables, can get out of hand like an uncontrolled chainreaction with hilarious effects.
Prof.... (more) Last Changed: 20210928 21:34:19 


The Whisper of Disks (2002) 
 John Meaney 

I found this to be a strange story. It switches between a few time periods in the future and in the past. The present is about a young girl, Augusta  “Gus”  who develops over time into a math and... (more) Last Changed: 20210926 22:45:46 


The Tale of a Comet (1870) 
 Spencer Edward 

How many times have we wondered about the workings of dazzling, magical brains of the likes of Ramanujan? Of the potentially unearthly origins of brilliants intellects like Ed Witten? That perhaps one... (more) Last Changed: 20210926 22:35:32 


La Conjecture de Syracuse (2008) 
 Antoine Billot 

Although in reality the Collatz Conjecture remains unresolved, in Billot's novel the problem was famously solved by Etienne Thèseus, who figured out the solution while he fought for France in Algeria... (more) Last Changed: 20210923 17:19:55 


Flower Arrangement (1959) 
 Rosel George Brown 

I kept smiling throughout this story, which weaves in mathematics without really speaking about it overtly, and at the same time, capturing sardonic commentary about treatment of women in a malecentric... (more) Last Changed: 20210921 20:14:25 


All the Universe in a Mason Jar (1977) 
 Joe Haldeman 

A humorous science fiction tale. John Taylor Taylor is a retired mathematician living in New Hampstead, Florida. One fine day, as he sits at his regular bar hangout reading his journals (“Nature, Communications... (more) Last Changed: 20210919 22:40:58 



The Devious Weapon (1949) 
 M. C. Pease 

This is a clever gametheoretic story about a man outwitting a formidable computing machine by doing almost nothing.
Prince Kallin is the leader of the “League of Border States”, of which “the... (more) Last Changed: 20210916 20:24:30 


Alexander's Infinity (2021) 
 Lidija Stankovikj 

This novel describes the spiritual journey of "a middleaged Scandinavian mathematician with a bent for the metaphysical" to India and Burma. I have not yet had a chance to read it, but the author has lived in India, Burma, and Sweden and holds a degree in mathematics, so she should at least know something about those aspects of the plot. (more) Last Changed: 20210915 20:16:59 


Night of the Eerie Equations (2015) 
 Robert Black 

Another sequel to Night of the Paranormal Patterns about teenager Lennie Miller who solves middleschool mathematical problems for vampires, wizards, and other monsters. This time, she not only has to... (more) Last Changed: 20210912 14:43:40 


The Fourth Quadrant (2011) 
 Dorothy Lumley 

The story has some elements of mathematics built in. A ransom note coded into a ciphered message broken up on paper in 4 quadrants, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, references to the Difference Engine.... (more) Last Changed: 20210912 14:32:12 


Universe of Two (2020) 
 Stephen P. Kiernan 

A novel about a mathematician who works on the Manhattan Project, focusing primarily on his ethical dilemma and his romance with an organist (who narrates every other chapter). The protagonist, Charlie... (more) Last Changed: 20210907 15:40:39 


The Mobius Trail (1948) 
 George Smith 

One Mr. Joseph Kingsley, after years of toiling and tooling, creates an electrical gadget which ends up acting very much like an open wormhole with both ends of the wormhole accessible, the kind you... (more) Last Changed: 20210905 21:45:42 


Mathematical Doom (1936) 
 Paul Ernst 

A detective, one Mr. Pearson, catches the crooks using a little geometry. As the story tagline says,
“Crooks try to subtract a copper from life  and find he had added up a Mathematical Doom for... (more) Last Changed: 20210905 21:27:04 
