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Long Division (2010)
Buzz Mauro
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A very short story in which a hypochondriacal boy confuses the long division which he is learning in school with the cell division in the cancer that killed his grandmother. The boy's mother responds by retelling the anecdote about the attempt by the Indiana legislature to set a rational value for π in 1897, causing the boy to think of the horrible consequences that could follow from such anti-mathematical reasoning.

Published in River Styx 81/82, March 2010.

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MotifMath Education,
MediumShort Stories,

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