a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|This short story published in the Mathematical Intelligencer answers the age old question "What if math was more like plumbing?"
|(quoted from I Had to Call In a Mathematician)|
“Hi Janice. It's Mort. I've got another problem here and I've had to call in a mathematician. I'm stuck at home until she's done.”
The mathematician came over with a sheet of paper.
“It looks like someone was trying to use a contraction mapping here. That won't work unless the target space is compact.”
“Oh, ah, I wonder how that got in there. One of the kids, maybe.” She rolled her eyes like I was an idiot.
“I'm not sure if this space is separable. Where did you get it?”
Thanks to Allan Goldberg for noticing this very funny story.
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
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