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Nachman from Los Angeles (2002)
Leonard Michaels
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This second "Nachman" story by Leonard Michaels is a flashback to a time when the UCLA mathematician was a graduate student and hired by a rich Arabian prince to ghostwrite a philosophy paper for him. Nachman becomes interested in the topic, giving the subject of metaphysics a mathematical rather than a philosophical treatment, but seems relatively uninterested in the prince's offers of money and women. In the end, the prince does not receive the paper and Nachman is unsure as to whether he actually mailed it.

This story appears in Michaels' posthumous Collected Stories. In addition, Arion Press published The Nachman Stories in a separate and very expensive book.

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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
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Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)
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Categories:
Genre
MotifAnti-social Mathematicians, Romance,
TopicLogic/Set Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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