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Blowups Happen (1940)
Robert A. Heinlein
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A mathematician discovers that his formulas predict that an important new power station poses an extremely grave risk to humanity, and he must convince others of the danger.


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Contributed by Anonymous

More physical or physico-mathematical than actually mathematical fiction, and moreover it throws in a bit of mumbo-jumbo à la Korzybski (a unified approach to physics, psychology, economics... you name it), but readable nevertheless.

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Ratings for Blowups Happen:
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Mathematical Content:
3/5 (3 votes)
Literary Quality:
3.33/5 (3 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifCool/Heroic Mathematicians, Future Prediction through Math,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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