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Disappointing lack of real math and science content

  • May 5, 2010
This is not a book about teaching creative writing in mathematics and science nor is it a book about the role creative writing has in math and science. It is instead a collection of short works that have at least some of their content based in math and science. Some are stories, two are nonfiction, many are works of prose and two are segments of plays.
When comparing the contents of this book to other imaginative works such as those collected by people like Clifton Fadiman, I found some of them uninspiring and often lacking in mathematical or scientific substance. In my opinion, using the terms math and science to describe works of creative writing means that there is a heavy dose of the topics; mere mention of some scientific terms in the work is not enough. This criticism done, there were a few that I considered first-rate.

Published in "Journal of Recreational Mathematics" reprinted with permission.

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Charlie Ashbacher is a compulsive reader and writer about many subjects. His prime areas of expertise are in mathematics and computers where he has taught every course in the mathematics and computer … more
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In this wonderful book real people ride imagined trajectories, poles and eigenvalues consort, and love has a way of coming to mathematicians. Great fun! --Roald Hoffmann, chemist and writer
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ISBN-10: 1568814445
ISBN-13: 978-1568814445
Author: Chandler Davis
Publisher: AK Peters

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