a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
"An experimental treatment for a drowning victim turns him into
an incredible supergenius. Mathematics is mentioned several
times in passing, and twice the supergenius explicitly uses it
for his applications. But he forgets one obvious thing."
Originally published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August
This novelette is breathtaking - perhaps the only serious attempt I've ever read at describing what a superhuman mind could be - but its focus on finding patterns and meaning in the world makes little mention of explicit mathematics.
The most notable passage, mathematically speaking, is when the protagonist decrypts in hours a file that would normally take years to a supercomputer, claiming to be using a technique for factoring large numbers he's discovered while amusing himself with number theory.
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