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Another New Math (2005)
Alex Kasman
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A mathematician and his young daughter try to convince a school board to consider teaching advanced mathematics to elementary school children in this short story that appeared in the collection Reality Conditions: short mathematical fiction.

Contributed by Li-Chung

This story shows us that mathematics we have learned in schools might not be in accordance with the real world. Taking LINEARITY as an example, students in math major always begin with linear math (linear algebra, linear differential equations, and linear functional analysis…etc.) and finally little is taught in nonlinear math. However, there are so many things on Earth that are in a sense, nonlinear. The author also mentions a fact about nonlinearity, which is easy to see and quite interesting. Also, It is this fact that plays the role of foreshadowing and concludes this fictional story with a surprising (at least for me) ending.

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

GenreScience Fiction,
MotifMath Education,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory, Mathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories,

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