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Silence Please (1954)
Arthur C. Clarke
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

In this "White Hart" story, Purvis tells about an experimental physicist who invents a highly successful antinoise generator. The Fourier analysis underpinning of antinoise is explicitly mentioned.

But the physicist's mathematical abilities are weak, so he makes one costly mistake. This weakness is gauged rather accurately: Purvis states he is able to integrate e^x, but not x.e^x.

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GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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