"I share the view of Pythagoras that the world is number. The ultimate substrate of the universe is math. There's no way to test that - it's pure metaphysical speculation."
See also the magnetic shoes from Murray Leinster's 1953 novel Space Tug, the magnetized boots from Lost Rocket (1941), by Manly Wade Wellman, the steel-lined space boots from Roamer of the Stars (1938) by Clyde Wilson and the grip shoes from the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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