Science and Fiction

Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories

Authors: Šiljak, Harun

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  • Explores the boundaries of science and fiction in a refreshingly unconventional fashion
  • Includes stories of various fictional genres that incorporate topics from mathematics, physics and computer science
  • Contains comments and annotations by the author
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This collection of stories touches upon many genres: Normed Trek is a clever and witty Alice-in-Wonderland-type narrative set in the realm of mathematical analysis, The Cantor Trilogy is a dystopia about the consequences of relying upon computer-based mathematical proofs, In Search of Future Time bears the flavor of Tales from Arabian Nights set in the future, and – last but not least - Murder on the Einstein Express is a short, non-technical primer on probabilities and modern classical physics, disguised as a detective story.

Written primarily for an audience with some background or a strong interest in mathematics, physics and computer science (in particular artificial intelligence), these stories explore the boundaries between science and fiction in a refreshingly unconventional fashion. In the Afterthoughts the author provides some further insights and annotations.

About the authors

Harun Šiljak got his BoEE and MoEE degrees at the Department of Controland Electronics, University of Sarajevo and his PhD in Signal Processing at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, International Burch University, Sarajevo, where he is currently an assistant professor.  He has been working in basic sciences (mathematics and physics) since elementary school, qualifying twice for the International Mathematical Olympiad and once for the International Physics Olympiad. Some of his science fiction and popular science stories have been published in the Mathematical Intelligencer and in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

Reviews

“Well, this was different: A book written in mathematics. lt was divided into four stories, each of which with math (mainly higher math) as its main concept. … if the reader is a mathophile, and enjoys taking reading up a notch, this short romp through the mathematical should be a surprisingly fun read.” (Francine Jackson, Planetarian, Vol. 47 (1), March, 2018)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Normed Trek

    Pages 3-10

    Šiljak, Harun

  • Cantor Trilogy

    Pages 13-23

    Šiljak, Harun

  • In Search of Future Time

    Pages 27-37

    Šiljak, Harun

  • Murder on the Einstein Express

    Pages 41-72

    Šiljak, Harun

  • Afterthoughts

    Pages 75-79

    Šiljak, Harun

Buy this book

eBook $14.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-29066-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-29065-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories
Authors
Series Title
Science and Fiction
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-29066-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29066-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-29065-2
Series ISSN
2197-1188
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 79
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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