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The Ethical Equations (1945)
Murray Leinster
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

Mathematics is invoked several times to formalize `what goes round, comes around' as if it were a law of nature. 100% hokey. The only thing worse than the bad math is the bad science.

Of separate interest is the story's (pre-1948) reference to `bit of information'. Leinster of course only meant `bit' as in "small amount", but it reads entirely modernly.

Published in Astounding magazine in June 1945.

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Mathematical Content:
1.5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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