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Rumpled Stiltskin (2004)
Colin Adams
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Do you remember the old Fractured Fairy Tales segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle in which classic stories were updated with a twist? This is just like those. The old Grimm's Brother tale is retold, but rather than turning straw into gold, the young woman is promised to be able to turn coffee into theorems, building on the famous Erdős quote.

Originally published as Mathematical Intelligencer Volume 26, Number 1 / March, 2004, it also appears in the 2009 collection Riot at the Calc Exam.....

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Mathematical Content:
5/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)

MotifAcademia, Proving Theorems, Female Mathematicians,
TopicAlgebra/Arithmetic/Number Theory,
MediumShort Stories,

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