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We might argue that the particular words and symbols we use to express
mathematical concepts are not as important as the concepts themselves...and
mathematically that may well be the case. However, the point of this rare
Asimov story is that in certain circumstances they are quite important.
Here, Asimov's running mystery character Griswold uses number
words and number symbols to decipher the final message delivered a
beautiful French agent who had been captured by the Nazis.
Published in the August 1986 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. 
(Note: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.) 

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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 nonfictional math books let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)