Fadiman/Rucker : Mathematical Anthologies


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Clifton Fadiman, beginning in the 1920s an editor at Simon & Schuster, a book reviewer for The New Yorker, and a radio and TV personality and public intellectual, edited two anthologies in 1958 and 1962 of stories and "oddments and diversions" from the "universe of mathematics." While both books consist largely of science fiction stories, they also contain poems, cartoons, essays, 'apothems' (apothegms), and even song scores and lyrics, bringing together comprehensive cultural portraits of mathematical themes.

A quarter century later, SF author and mathematician Rudy Rucker published a similar anthology -- dedicated to Fadiman -- reprinting mostly newer stories, reusing two stories from Fadiman's books, and including a handful of originals.

The combined index below includes only the reprinted stories from all three volumes. The photo shows trade paperback reprints of the hardcover first editions of Fadiman's books; Rucker's book was published simultaneously in both formats.

Martin Gardner is reprinted four times in these books, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke, three times each.

  • Fantasia Mathematica, Clifton Fadiman, ed. (Simon & Schuster, 1958) [isfdb]
  • The Mathematical Magpie, Clifton Fadiman, ed. (Simon & Schuster, 1962) [isfdb]
  • Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder, Rudy Rucker, ed. (Arbor House, 1987) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Isaac Asimov
  • 1 to 999 (Gallery Sep 1981) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • The Feeling of Power (If Feb 1958) -- The Mathematical Magpie
          -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Nigel Balchin
  • God and the Machine -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Greg Bear
  • Tangents (Omni Jan 1986) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Sixteen Stones -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Gregory Benford
  • Time's Rub -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • James Blish
  • F Y I (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Miles J. Breuer
  • The Appendix and the Spectacles (Amazing Dec 1928) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • The Captured Cross-Section (Amazing Feb 1929) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Fredric Brown
  • Expedition (F&SF Feb 1957) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Karel Capek
  • The Death of Archimedes -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Lewis Carroll
  • The Purse of Fortunatus -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Nine Billion Names of God (Star Science Fiction Stories, 1953) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • The Pacifist (Fantastic Universe Oct 1956) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Superiority (F&SF Aug 1951) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Mark Clifton
  • Star, Bright (Galaxy Jul 1952) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Robert M. Coates
  • The Law (New Yorker Nov 29 1947) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • A. J. Deutsch
  • A Subway Named Mobius (Astounding Dec 1950) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Anatoly Dneprov
  • The Maxwell Equations (Destination: Amaltheia, 1963) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Bruce Elliott
  • Fearsome Fable (F&SF Feb 1951) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • The Last Magician (F&SF Jan 1953) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Martin Gardner
  • The Island of the Five Colors (Future Tense, 1952) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Left or Right? (Esquire Feb 1951) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • No-Sided Professor (Esquire Jan 1947) -- Fantasia Mathematica
          -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Robert Graves
  • The Abominable Mr. Gunn (Punch Jun 29 1955) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • "—And He Built a Crooked House" (Astounding Feb 1941) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • The Tale of Happiton (Metamagical Themas, 1985) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Richard Hughes
  • The Vanishing Man (A Moment of Time, 1926) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Young Archimedes (Little Mexican, 1924) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Norton Juster
  • Milo and the Mathemagician -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Norman Kagan
  • Four Brands of Impossible (F&SF Sep 1964) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • The Mathenauts (If Jul 1964) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Harry Stephen Keeler
  • John Jones' Dollar (The Black Cat Aug 1915) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Arthur Koestler
  • Pythagoras and the Psychoanalyst -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Kurd Lasswitz
  • The Universal Library -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Richard Llewellyn
  • Mother and the Decimal Point -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Russell Maloney
  • Inflexible Logic (New Yorker Feb 1940) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Edward Page Mitchell
  • The Tachypomp (Scribner's Mar 1874) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • H. Nearing, Jr.
  • The Hermeneutical Doughnut (The Sinister Researches of C.P. Ransom, 1954) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • The Mathematical Voodoo (F&SF Apr 1951) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Larry Niven
  • Convergent Series (F&SF Mar 1967) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • William F. Orr
  • Euclid Alone (Orbit 16, 1975) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Plato
  • Socrates and the Slave -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Frederik Pohl
  • The Schematic Man (Playboy Jan 1969) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Arthur Porges
  • The Devil and Simon Flagg (F&SF Aug 1954) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • John Reese
  • The Symbolic Logic of Murder (EQMM Oct 1960) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Rudy Rucker
  • Message Found in a Copy of Flatland (The 57th Franz Kafka, 1983) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • A New Golden Age (Randolph-Macon Woman's College Alumnae Bulletin Sum 1981) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Mathematician's Nightmare: The Vision of Professor Squarepunt -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Don Sakers
  • The Finagle Fiasco -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • George Santayana
  • The Map of England and the Absolute -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Miss Mouse and the Fourth Dimension (Twilight Zone Jan 1982) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • H. Allen Smith
  • The Achievement of H.T. Wensel (Saturday Review of Literature May 1960) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • William Hazlett Upson
  • A. Botts and the Möebius Strip (The Saturday Evening Post Dec 22 1945) -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Paul Bunyan Versus the Conveyor Belt (Ford Times 1949) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • Ian Watson
  • Immune Dreams (Pulsar, 1978) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder
  • H. G. Wells
  • Peter Learns Arithmetic -- Fantasia Mathematica
  • Ben Ames Williams
  • Coconuts (The Saturday Evening Post Oct 9 1926) -- The Mathematical Magpie
  • George Zebrowski
  • Gödel's Doom (Popular Computing Feb 1985) -- Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder

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