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|A parody of the hard-boiled private detective genre in which ``P.I.'' stands for ``Principal Investigator'', a phrase familiar to anyone who has applied for a research grant. In this hilarious story, a math postdoc is conned by a famous researcher into helping him with his research, but cleverly gets his revenge in the end.
Originally appeared in Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 26, No. 4, 22-24 (2004) and then reprinted in the collection Riot at the Calc Exam....
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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex
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