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Mathemagics (1990)
Patricia Duffy Novak

Kyria despises math and hates the fact that she is required to learn vector calculus at Salem University where she is studying magic. So, she determines to go back in time to learn how the ancient wizards cast spells without it.

This one-page story (not to be confused with the novel of the same name published six years later) appeared in a special issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine (Issue #09, Summer 1990) which was devoted to "short short stories". Thanks to Fred Galvin for sending me this link that allowed me to read it for free in 2021.

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Mathematical Content:
4/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

MotifFemale Mathematicians, Math as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful, Math Education,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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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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