"Some of us may feel uncomfortable with the notion that mathematics is fiction, but the concepts and procedures of mathematics are all constructions of our minds, products of our attempts to understand our worlds, real and imaginary. Some mathematical ideas have obvious practical applications in our everyday lives, while other ideas seem very abstract, with little apparent connection to life as most of us experience it. All mathematical ideas, though, take shape through our attempts to communicate, and therefore find their way into our literature." from: Literature-based mathematics in elementary school by David Haury, 2001, ERIC Digest ED464807
This paper emphasizes how mathematical fiction may stimulate the interest of reluctant mathematics learners, reinforce the motivation of the student who is already intrigued by mathematics, introduce topics, supply interesting applications, and provide mathematical ideas in a literary and at times, highly visual context. Furthermore, with thoughtful selection and careful teaching, this body of creative writing can also help explain mathematics topics to students.