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Imaginary numbers : an anthology of marvelous mathematical stories, diversions, poems, and musings

Author: William Frucht
Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, 1999.
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"Enter the wildly inventive world of Imaginary Numbers, in which a marvelous roster of acclaimed writers conjure up magical happenings, fantastic visions, and brainteasing puzzles, all based in some way on mathematical ideas. This anthology offers a connoisseur's selection of a special brand of creative writing in which the authors play with a vast array of mathematical notions - from the marvels of infinity to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary collections
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Imaginary numbers.
New York : J. Wiley, 1999
(OCoLC)654601036
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Frucht
ISBN: 0471332445 9780471332442
OCLC Number: 42004427
Description: xiv, 327 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The form of space / Italo Calvino --
A new golden age / Rudy Rucker --
A serpent with corners (from A tangled tale) / Lewis Carroll --
A positive reminder / J.A. Lindon --
How Kazir won his wife / Raymond Smullyan --
11 May 1905 (from Einstein's dreams) / Alan Lightman --
Why does disorder increase in the same direction of time as that in which the universe expands? / Roald Hoffman --
The golden man / Philip K. Dick --
The morphology of the Kirkham wreck / Hilbert Schenck --
Resolution of the paradox: a philosophical puppet play / Abner Shimony --
Parallelism / Piet Hein --
Prelude ... (from Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid) / Douglas Hofstadter --
The third Sally, or the dragons of probability (from The seven Sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius) / Stanislaw Lem --
Concerning irregular figures (from Flatland) / Edwin Abbott Abbott --
The definition of love / Andrew Marvell --
On Fiddib Har (from The planiverse: computer contact with a two-dimensional world) / A.K. Dewdney --
The church of the fourth dimension / Martin Gardner --
The extraordinary hotel, or the thousand and first journey of Ion the Quiet / Stanislaw Lem --
Ten weary, footsore travelers / Anonymous --
from The policeman's beard is half-constructed / Racter --
Burning chrome / William Gibson --
Gonna roll the bones / Fritz Leiber --
A word on statistics / Wislawa Szymborska --
Giovanni and his wife / Tommaso Landolfi --
The private war on Private Jacob / Joe Haldeman --
The library of Babel / Jorge Luis Borges --
Enantiomorphosis (A natural history of mirrors) / Christian Bök --
Schwarzschild radius / Connie Willis --
Letter from Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) / Siv Cedering --
from We / Yevgeny Zamyatin --
The garden of time / J.G. Ballard.
Responsibility: edited by William Frucht.
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