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The Holmes-Ginsbook Device (1969)
Isaac Asimov
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

A scientist recounts how, stung by his former professor hogging all the credit for figuring out a way to safely light cigarettes and girlwatch at the same time, he and a collaborator (using geometry and topology) beat him in the race to read and girlwatch at the same time.

(For those not in the know, it is a parody of James Watson THE DOUBLE HELIX.)

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GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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