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The Problem of Cell 13 (1907)
Jacques Futrelle

Contributed by "William E. Emba".

"The story which introduces Professor S. F. X. van Dusen, professional scientific supergenius, who lends his talents to solving baffling mysteries. He is described as primarily a logician, who spent years proving that 2+2=4, except in the rare cases when it doesn't."

I just learned, from reading Clarke's Ghost from the Grand Banks that Futrelle died at the sinking of the Titanic. All of his stories are available for free online. In particular, click here to read the Problem of Cell 13.

Contributed by Nemesis

It was a beautifully clever story, although it featured on its own very little math. However, I'm glad it's archived here anyway, since it was a *pleasure* to read.

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  5. The Image in the Mirror by Dorothy Leigh Sayers
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  7. Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin
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  9. The Bishop Murder Case by S.S. van Dine (pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright)
  10. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ratings for The Problem of Cell 13:
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Mathematical Content:
2.69/5 (10 votes)
Literary Quality:
4.69/5 (10 votes)

MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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