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The Tale of the Big Computer (aka The End of Man?) (1966)
Hannes Alfven (writing as Olof Johannesson)

Contributed by "William E. Emba"

"Alfven, the Swedish physicist and astrophysicist who was awarded the Nobel prize for his development of plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics (but is perhaps better remembered for his anti-Big-Bang plasma cosmology), wrote a far-sighted satiric fable about the alleged wonders of computer technology. In addition, he mocked government bureaucracy and big business. Two pages are devoted to the division of labor computers bring to mathematics. Humans concentrate on formulating conjectures, and machines to proving or refuting them."

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GenreHumorous, Science Fiction,
MotifProving Theorems,
MediumShort Stories,

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