Contributed by
Andrea Albrecht
Robert Musil's "The mathematical Man" is an essay, but it is fiction!
Musil uses the foundational crisis of mathematics to draft a new kind
of fiction, modern fiction, later realized in "The Man without
Qualities". The main assumption: "Today there is no other possibility
of having such fantastic, visionary feelings as mathematicians do". It
is a very witty, artfully arranged piece of literature. There is an
English translation: Robert Musil. Precision and Soul: Essays and
Addresses, translated by Burton Pike, David S. Luft, Chicago UP 1990.
