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Gomez (1954)
Cyril M. Kornbluth
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Contributed by Rowen Bell

this story is about a physics prodigy, but a mathematical equation appears in it -- the first time I read story the equation didn't make any sense to me, but eventually I realized that it was a continued fraction -- only much later did I discover something that isn't mentioned in the story: this equation was one of the results that Ramanjuan cited in his initial letters to Hardy!

Contributed by David E. Siegel

The use of the quote from the letter to Hardy was particualrly apt, because R was the (explicitly cited) model for Gomez.

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2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (2 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
MediumShort Stories,

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