Weak on Square Roots

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Author: Russell Burton
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,779 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 860
Added to site: 2009.09.14
mnybks.net#: 25270
Origin: gutenberg.org

Does your wife call you Pumpkinhead? Well, maybe it's not an insult; it might be a pet name. Ah—but whose pet name?

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at the throttle of the 5:10 to Philadelphia.

He carefully moved one hand and took a notebook from his pocket. That would be a good thing to mention at the office next Monday.

Again he congratulated himself for having induced his superiors to let him take home the company's most highly developed mechanism to date. He had already forgiven himself for the little white lie that morning.

"Pascal," he had told them, "is a little weak on square roots." That had done it!

Old Hardwick would never permit an Allied computer to hit the market that was not the absolute master of square roots. If Lovegear wanted to work on Pascal on his own time it was fine with the boss.

Ronald Lovegear consulted his watch. He wondered if his wife would be on time. He had told Corinne twice over the phone to bring the station wagon to meet him. But she had been so forgetful lately. It was probably the new house; six rooms to keep up without a maid was quite a chore. His pale eyes blinked. He had

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Average Rating of 3 from 3 reviews: ***
2013.08.04
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

(1953) Sci-fi / Humor / Short magazine story From 'If Worlds of Science Fiction', July 1953.
Plot bullets


  • Who isn't. But Pascal, the computer should be strong on all math.

  • In order to experiment with the computer at home, a man declares to his boss that the computer is rather weak in doing square roots, and needs some additional attention.

  • Once home, the man turns the computer into a domestic robot.

  • Well, he tries to anyway. There in lies the humor.


2013.08.02
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

(1953) Sci-fi / Humor / Short magazine story

From 'If Worlds of Science Fiction', July 1953.
Plot bullets


  • Who isn't. But Pascal, the computer should be strong on all math.

  • In order to experiment with the computer at home, a man declares to his boss that the computer is rather weak in doing square roots, and needs some additional attention.

  • Once home, the man turns the computer into a domestic robot.

  • Well, he tries to anyway. There in lies the humor.


2012.06.05
Charles
*....

Idiotic "sci-fi" short story about a guy who brings home a mechanized lump of aluminum that seduces his wife. Dumb.


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