Banach-Tarski (Part III)

Continued from Part II.

“What’s going on?” said one of the Kevins. “Who on earth is this?”

“A completely unforeseen side-effect,” said the scientist, the sound of panic beginning to seep into her voice. “Clearly my theory about sentimental value was completely wrong.”

“What theory?” cried the other Kevin. “What are you talking about?”

“The whole point of a duplicating machine is to make more of things that are very difficult to find, or even unique,” said Dr. Copolla. “The attachment between a child and their treasured toy is the most unique connection in the universe. If the toy is lost, the connection cannot be repaired, only replaced. But… of course!”

She picked up the two teddy bears, identical down to the chewed ears and direction of fur. “The bear is just a bear. We didn’t duplicate the toy, we duplicated the connection between the bear and the child. This caused another child to come into existence. It’s a quantum inevitability…”

Then she screamed, and dropped the bears back onto the worktop. Whereupon, they stood up.

“Well done, doctor,” said one of the bears. “You’ve arrived at a level of understanding of the universe further than most intelligent species ever reach. However, you have caused a problem. Don’t worry, we’ll fix it. But we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” The bear waved his paw, and the Banach-Tarski machine imploded in a shower of sparks.

“Sorry,” he said. “We’ll teach you how to do it properly. Kevins… meet your new twin.”


The End


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