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Topic: Math novel
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Barron, Alfred [PRI]

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RE: Math novel
Posted: Mar 26, 1999 11:48 AM
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Of course many have recommended Edwin Abbott Abbott's
'Flatland, a romance of many dimesions'. In fact, you may
find a public copy at

http://www.geom.umn.edu/~banchoff/Flatland

I remember my first encounter with this story in 1974, courtesy
of John Miller (now at James Madison, then at Rutgers). I was
an imprerssionable undergrad at the time. And he kept raving
about it. So I got a copy and read it over the summer. Among
the best advice I ever received before deciding to drop out of
school and head for the Coast.

In this gendre I'd add 'Mr. Tompkins Adventures in Wonderland'
by George Gamow. Lots of lite mathematical physics. One of
my roommates of the time used to go crazy over this book.

Both these books would make great movies, now that I think of it.

Rebecca Goldstein's 'Mind-Body Problems' is good too. Actually
I'd like to see Woody Allen make this one into a movie.

Al Barron





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