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The Mathematical Man (1913)
Robert Musil
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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.

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