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The Flight That Disappeared (1961)
Reginald Le Borg (Director)

An unsuspecting mathematician and some scientists are taken to another dimension where they stand trial for their involvement in the creation of horrible weapons. Perhaps during the Cold War and before the Twilight Zone made such plots cliche, this would have seemed interesting. As it is, however, this film has not stood up well to the passage of time. Still, to me the interesting point is the question of whether mathematicians bear some guilt for the role that mathematics played in the development of nuclear weapons. In some senses, this is exactly the opposite of another sort of accusation that mathematics sometimes faces: that it is useless. The truth, probably, lies somewhere in between.

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  3. Mathematical R & D by Paul J. Nahin
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  5. Return from the Stars by Stanislaw Lem
  6. The Heart on the Other Side by George Gamow
  7. The Gostak and the Doshes by Miles J. Breuer (M.D.)
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GenreScience Fiction,
MotifEvil mathematicians, War, Math as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,
TopicMathematical Physics,

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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.

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