MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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The Star Dummy (1952)
Anthony Boucher
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Contributed by Gerry Myerson

I learned duodecimal (and the whole concept of number bases) from "The Star Dummy," by Boucher, in Conklin's Omnibus of Science Fiction. The teddybear-shaped six- fingered alien was trying to communicate with the koalas in the zoo until an open-minded human showed up and the two traded written numbers.

Originally published in Fantastic in 1952.

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Categories:
GenreScience Fiction,
MotifAliens,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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