Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery

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Chapter 22
THE LAST PIECE OF THE
PUZZLE

The journalist from The Times had been waiting for half an hour when Elmer Galway rushed into the Senior Common Room clutching a pile of papers and file folders to his chest with one arm. He stopped for a moment to catch his breath, looked around, and then headed toward his visitor.

“I’m terribly sorry for being so late, Mr. Morrison,” he said, extending his free hand. “I was held up at a very important meeting; the fate of our scholarly journals was at stake.”

Thomas Morrison flashed an understanding smile, got to his feet, and shook Galway’s hand. He was a gentle, mild-mannered fellow in his thirties who had joined the London newspaper only recently after struggling many years as a freelance writer. On reading the press release—“English-Italian team discovers 500 BC Greek mathematical papyrus”—he had immediately contacted Galway asking for an interview, one of the numerous such requests the Oxford professor had received over the past two weeks.

“It’s quite alright, Professor Galway,” he said in response to Galway’s apology. “I assumed you would be very busy since the announcement of the discovery and didn’t expect to get to interview you this soon anyway.”

“It’s been pretty hectic indeed,” Galway admitted, “but I don’t mind. I’m happy to see archaeology and history instead of physics and cosmology make news for a change. All those stories about

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