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Hamisch in Avalon (1995)
Eliot Fintushel
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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! magazine.

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Mathematical Content:
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Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifFemale Mathematicians, Music,
MediumShort Stories,

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