a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Mathematical statements can sound pretty strange, practically humorous, when you don't know the technical definitions of the terms. This somewhat frightening story has such a statement as its punchline. Specifically, it all builds up to a quote from Irving Kaplansky's Fields and Rings:
The story was published in 1987 in Rudy Rucker's collection Mathenauts, still the only place I know of to find it.
We shall have no need to assign meaning to Ext itself; we shall speak only of its vanishing.|
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Great News for 1 April 2016: The long awaited cover of the comic book adaptation of The Adventures of Topology Man has been released. See here for details.
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