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The Square Root of Pythagoras (1999)
Paul Di Filippo / Rudy Rucker
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Pythagoras has been granted the magical power of five numbers. Along the way he discusses his theorem, the five Platonic solids, and his general philosophy about numbers and the universe. But he entertains doubts, and discovers that sqrt(2) is irrational.

First appeared in Science Fiction Age v8 #1, November 1999 and was reprinted in collections of each author: Gnarl! by Rucker and Neutrino Drag by Di Filippo. As of October 2012, it is also available for free at Rudy Rucker's Website.

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifReal Mathematicians,
MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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