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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Mathematicians, by Arthur Feldman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Mathematicians Author: Arthur Feldman Illustrator: A. Lake Release Date: June 17, 2009 [EBook #29140] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MATHEMATICIANS *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Stephen Blundell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net THE MATHEMATICIANS BY ARTHUR FELDMAN _We gave this story to a very competent, and very pretty gal artist. We said, "Read this carefully, dream on it, and come up with an illustration." A week later, she returned with the finished drawing. "The hero," she said. We did a double take. "Hey! That's not the hero." She looked us straight in the eye. "Can you prove it?" She had us. We couldn't, and she left hurriedly to go home and cook dinner for her family. And what were they having? Frog legs--what else?_ They were in the garden. "Now, Zoe," said Zenia Hawkins to her nine-year-old daughter, "quit fluttering around, and papa will tell you a story." Zoe settled down in the hammock. "A true story, papa?" "It all happened exactly like I'm going to tell you," said Drake Hawkins, pinching Zoe's rosy cheek. "Now: two thousand and eleven years ago in 1985, figuring by the earthly calendar of that time, a tribe of beings from the Dog-star Sirius invaded the earth." "And what did these beings look like, father?" "Like humans in many, many respects. They each had two arms, two legs and all the other organs that humans are endowed with." "Wasn't there any difference at all between the Star-beings and the humans, papa?" "There was. The newcomers, each and all, had a pair of wings covered with green feathers growing from their shoulders, and long, purple tails." "How many of these beings were there, father?" "Exactly three million and forty-one male adults and three female adults. These creatures first appeared on Earth on the island of Sardinia. In five weeks' time they were the masters of the entire globe." "Didn't the Earth-lings fight back, papa?" "The humans warred against the in
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