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Ten (1986)
Isaac Asimov
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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.

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Ratings for Ten:
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
2/5 (1 votes)

GenreMystery, Adventure/Espionage,
MediumShort Stories,

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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.

(Maintained by Alex Kasman, College of Charleston)