MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Hamisch in Avalon (1995)
Eliot Fintushel
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This story marks the return of the Yiddishe mystic Izzy and his daughter in-law (now a math professor) Hamisch previously encountered in Izzy at the Lucky Three. There isn't as much math in this story, which sees Hamisch misusing Izzy's ukelele (which you'd better pronounce correctly if Izzy's listening!) and winding up in a jousting contest with King Arthur. There are some very real sounding descriptions of the problems that Hamisch is having reconciling her career in math with her marriage, and some nice stuff about the mathematical aspects of instrument tunings dating back to Pythagoras.

This story was published in the Summer 1995 issue of Crank! magazine.

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Works Similar to Hamisch in Avalon
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  2. Izzy at the Lucky Three by Eliot Fintushel
  3. Herbrand's Conjecture and the White Sox Scandal by Eliot Fintushel
  4. Ylem by Eliot Fintushel
  5. The Grass and Tree by Eliot Fintushel
  6. Fractal Mode by Piers Anthony
  7. Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish
  8. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price
  9. The Dreams in the Witch-House by H.P. Lovecraft
  10. The Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang
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Mathematical Content:
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Literary Quality:
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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifFemale Mathematicians, Music,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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