Summary: A Strange Letter
This letter is my translation of a Portuguese original that appeared in the "Novo Boletim do IMECC",
no. 2, May 1995. I would be happy to know the identity of the author.
Campinas, May 25, 1995
I am a student of applied mathematics, matriculated in 1987; or, I was one. As you have already
deduced, I never graduated, and in fact, I did not succeed in passing any of the qualifying exams, for which
reason I doubt that any professor in IMECC remembers me, except for those with whom I discussed my
Project. I did not meet with much understanding among the "illustrious scientists" of that institution,
or among those of the Physics Institute. Therefore I gave up my studies and resolved to accomplish my
undertaking on my own.
I needed to work to finance my studies, and it was in the Patent Office, where I was an office boy, that
I began to develop my theory. I was then 15 years of age. I christened my apparatus the Atomic Reproducer
(AR). This machine would, when completed, reproduce objects, atom by atom, particle by particle, creating
exact copies of any piece of matter. My principal interest was in reproducing currency, given the situation of
economic penury in which I found myself, and my lack of knowledge of the relation between the circulating
money supply (M1) and the rate of inflation.
I soon found that the principal theoretical obstacles to the development of the system had been overcome.
The only serious problem was the extraordinary amount of energy needed to reproduce even the tiniest
amount of matter. One day, while reading public opinion polls in the news, I had my fundamental idea: