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Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  4 reviews

Where can you...
...hear an old man in a nursing home tell of how he
disproved Goldbach's Conjecture as part of an undergraduate research
... get inside the mind of James Clerk Maxwell as he discovers
electro-magnetic waves?
...witness the 19th century's greatest
mathematician finally get the credit she was denied by sexism and

In Reality Conditions, a collec

Hardcover, 245 pages
Published May 12th 2005 by Mathematical Association of America (MAA) (first published 2005)
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Andrew Breslin
With the exception of a rapidly shrinking handful of humans and one cat, there is nothing I love in this world more than words and numbers. And of the two, numbers are much better behaved. But most people don't use them very well, and the few who do have a disturbing tendency to use words like blunt and rusty instruments, and hold them the wrong way too. So it was an unexpected delight to stumble upon this marvelous little book. A collection of stories that greatly stimulated my interest in a wi ...more
This book contains 16 short stories, which were the perfect sized chunks to squeeze into pockets of free time over my last 2 family vacations. Very entertaining reading for a wanna-be math geek.
Proof of why most mathematicians are NOT writers.
Jul 13, 2007 Melanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mathematicians
really, I only recommend to mathematicians
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