a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Waiting for Citizen Gödel (2005) ||Howard V. Hendrix |
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Short story revolving around Godel's application for US citizenship. There is a well-known episode from Godel's life, where Einstein and Oscar Morgenstern took Godel for his citizenship oath. Godel, as a fastidious stickler for logic, started telling the judge about a loophole in the constitution which could allow the formation of a dictatorship in the US. Thankfully, the judge was not interested and Godel obtained his citizenship. The current story revolves around this incident, along with some political commentary about the perceived lack of respecct for the constitution in recent times (the author, writing in 2005, may have had the "War on Terror" in mind). There isn't any math here but it does involve a couple of great mathematicians and references to Veblen and von Neumann, to boot, not to mention Einstein himself.
Published in Aeon Speculative Fiction Magazine, Nov 2005. Since Hendrix controversially criticized the free distribution of fiction on the internet, it is perhaps not too surprising that I cannot find a good URL for this story (published in a now defunct magazine). Thanks to Vijay Fafat for finding and reviewing it! If anyone knows a good source for it today, please let me know and I'll post it here.
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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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