a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Hamisch in Avalon (1995) ||Eliot Fintushel |
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by the same author)
|This story marks the return of the Yiddishe mystic Izzy and his daughter
in-law (now a math professor) Hamisch previously encountered in Izzy at the Lucky Three. There isn't as much math in
this story, which sees Hamisch misusing Izzy's ukelele (which you'd better
pronounce correctly if Izzy's listening!) and winding up in a jousting
contest with King Arthur. There are some very real sounding
descriptions of the problems that Hamisch is having reconciling her career
in math with her marriage, and some nice stuff about the mathematical
aspects of instrument tunings dating back to Pythagoras.
This story was published in the Summer 1995 issue of Crank!
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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.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)