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Mangum, P.I. (2004)
Colin Adams
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A parody of the hard-boiled private detective genre in which ``P.I.'' stands for ``Principal Investigator'', a phrase familiar to anyone who has applied for a research grant. In this hilarious story, a math postdoc is conned by a famous researcher into helping him with his research, but cleverly gets his revenge in the end.

Originally appeared in Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 26, No. 4, 22-24 (2004) and then reprinted in the collection Riot at the Calc Exam....

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GenreMystery, Humorous,
MotifAcademia, Proving Theorems,
MediumShort Stories,

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