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To Hold Infinity (1998)
John Meaney
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Meaney's first novel, which only saw its US release in 2006, is not quite as mathematical as some of his later books, but the foundations are there. We encounter "mu-space" (additional spatial dimensions that are somehow fractal in nature and are traversed by the bio-engineered "Pilots"). And, I like this quote in which the character ponders the implications of the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics":

(quoted from To Hold Infinity)

Why does maths lie at the heart of science? Why are features of the universe algorithmically compressible? Of what strange substrate is maths itself an emergent property?

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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifMath as Beautiful/Exciting/Useful,

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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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