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The Judge's House (1914)
Bram Stoker

A math student seeks a quiet place to study for his exams but winds up battling an angry ghost. Stoker certainly knew mathematical words to throw around (e.g. quaternions and conic sections), but this story is still only barely mathematical. The student seems smart, though not smart enough, and it may be a statement about mathematicians that he is both so interested in studying and so capable of losing himself in his studies. It is a good ghost story, but doesn't say much of anything about mathematics or mathematicians.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken
  2. The Ghosts by Lord Dunsany
  3. Manifold Thoughts by Patrick Freivald
  4. Real Numbers by Liz Kaufman
  5. Kavanagh by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  7. Immortal Bird by H. Russell Wakefield
  8. Unknown Things by Reginald Bretnor
  9. Special Meal by Josh Malerman
  10. Trains Passing by Martin Ziegler
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)

MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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