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Jumpers (1989)
Tom Stoppard
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In a philosophical monologue on the nature of morality, a main character considers Zeno's paradox and infinitesimals and imagines a circle as a limit of polygons.

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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.5/5 (2 votes)


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