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|A mathematically talented youth in a bad neighborhood becomes a drug dealer and may not be able to take advantage of his genius by attending the private school which has offered him a scholarship.
In “The Wizard,” by C. S. Godshalk, the title character is a mathematical genius. At one point in the story, he plants flowers in a spiral of ever-increasing radii. This connects to his mentioning earlier the number twenty-eight as a perfect number.
First appeared in the Boston University literary magazine AGNI in 1989 and reprinted in The Best American Short Stories: 1990. (Thanks to Jon Powell for bringing it to my attention.)
This story was an upsetting one, centered on a boy who, for all the intelligence in the world, lacked purpose. A little upsetting, but not emotional enough to cause true heartbreak for the main character. Limited mathematical references in the form of Perfect Numbers and Fibonacci Sequence/Spiral. Heavier focus on Albrecht Dörer, of the renaissance era, who studied Geometry in art.
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