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The Tolman Trick (2006)
Manil Suri
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Professor Tolman attends a conference at the Mathematics Institute at Oberwolfach, but a young colleague suspects that the result he is presenting may not be correct. Published in the first issue of Subtropics, a new literary magazine from the University of Florida. It was also republished in The Shape of Content in 2008.

The author, already known in literary circles for his novel The Death of Vishnu, is a professional mathematician specializing in the numerics of PDEs and so it is not surprising that in this story he gives an accurate portrayal of mathematics and the social aspects of math conferences.

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Mathematical Content:
5/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

MotifAcademia, Proving Theorems,
MediumShort Stories,

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