Lewis Carroll In Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life

Mass Market Paperback | August 25, 2009

byRobin Wilson

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Lewis Carroll's books have delighted children and adults for generations, but behind their exuberant fantasy and delightful nonsense was the mind of a brilliant mathematician. Now his forgotten achievements in the world of numbers are brought to light by acclaimed author and mathematician Robin Wilson. Here he explores the curious imagination of a man whose pioneering work at Oxford University included investigations into voting patterns and tennis seeding, who dreamt up numerical conundrums in bed at night and who filled his writings with problems, paradoxes, puzzles and teasing games of logic. Taking us into a world of mock turtles and maps, gryphons and gravity, Lewis Carroll in Numberland reveals the singular mind of a genius.

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Lewis Carroll's books have delighted children and adults for generations, but behind their exuberant fantasy and delightful nonsense was the mind of a brilliant mathematician. Now his forgotten achievements in the world of numbers are brought to light by acclaimed author and mathematician Robin Wilson. Here he explores the curious im...

Robin Wilson is Head of the Pure Mathematics Department at the Open University and, in London, Gresham Professor of Geometry, the oldest mathematics Chair in England. He is also a Fellow in Mathematics at Keble College, Oxford. The author and editor of thirty books, including the critically acclaimed Four Colours Suffice, he is well kn...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.85 × 5.15 × 0.65 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141016108

ISBN - 13:9780141016108

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Mathematical Biography In this short but charming book, the author introduces the reader to Charles Dodgson whose pen name was Lewis Carroll – creator of Alice in Wonderland. Although the book is categorized as a biography, relatively little of Dodgson personal life is presented. Instead, the author has chosen to focus more on his mathematical genius and accomplishments. Nevertheless, one can glimpse what Dodgson’s life must have been like through the many quotes from his diary and his letters, as well as through his dedication and passion for thinking up and solving various mathematical problems – several of which are presented in this book. The writing style is clear, friendly, authoritative and engaging. The book’s 209 pages of main text include a great many interesting pictures and useful diagrams, thus making this a relatively short read. Because of its many mathematical problems and brain teasers, this book would most likely be loved the most by math buffs.
Date published: 2009-12-18