MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Mailman (2000)
J. Robert Lennon
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

The title character, called Mailman, is a mentally ill mailman with criminal and deviant behavior with respect to the mail that he handles. It turns out that Mailman had once been a mathematics graduate student, "working out a routine problem in fluid dynamics", but he went off on tangents until he worked out mathematical theories of everything, including intelligence, economics, art, love and war. His supervisors failed to understand the resulting equations and diagrams. This was followed by a nervous breakdown. After Mailman recovered, he quit school and joined the postal service.

This short story was rewritten and expanded to a novel (2003) of the same title, with the title character becoming a former physics undergraduate student who had lost it all with his theory of everything.

Published in Tin House #3.

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Categories:
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MotifEvil mathematicians, Anti-social Mathematicians, Insanity, Academia,
Topic
MediumShort Stories,

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