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This reminds me of an excellent short story by Ted Chiang, "Division by Zero", which deals with a mathematician's deteriorating mental state and attempted suicide as a consequence of proving the inconsistency of mathematics.

The whole thing (http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/i/division/full) seems to be temporarily offline, but here's a pretty good summary: http://kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/mfview.php?callnumbe...




That story is in Stories of Your Life and Others; I'd recommend the whole collection: http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Your-Life-Others-Chiang/dp/193...



Fiction! it's a fiction. I didn't realize until after I finished. For some reason I feel better now.


On the subject of mathematical fiction, the story of the secret number bleem is interesting: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2000/20001120/secret_number.s...




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