a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|Long Division (2010) ||Buzz Mauro |
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|A very short story in which a hypochondriacal boy confuses the long division which he is learning in school with the cell division in the cancer that killed his grandmother. The boy's mother responds by retelling the anecdote about the attempt by the Indiana legislature to set a rational value for π in 1897, causing the boy to think of the horrible consequences that could follow from such anti-mathematical reasoning.
Published in River Styx 81/82, March 2010.
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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.
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