Springer, Apr 1, 1997 - Mathematics - 298 pages
Clifton Fadiman's classic collection of mathematical stories, essays and anecdotes first published in 1958, is now back in print. Ranging from the poignant to the comical to the surreal, these selections include writing by Aldous Huxley, Martin Gardner, H.G. Wells, George Gamow, G.H. Hardy, Plato, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and many others. Humorous and mysterious, this collection will please mathematicians and everyone else who loves a good story full of stimulating ideas. In this intriguing collection of stories we learn of the young mathematician who chases his fiancee into the fourth dimension, how a group of Australian soldier's lives were saved by a lesson in basic topology, and of Mephisto's search for mathematical truth. Any interested reader will be amused, beguiled -- and perhaps even slightly instructed -- by this wonderfully diverse collection of writing. Clifton Fadiman's prolific career as an essayist, critic, anthologist, and radio show host has spanned the last five decades. His books include The Lifetime Reading Plan and a collection of essays, Party of One. He served for many years on the board of editors of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
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The quality of the short stories are uneven, and the opening one is somewhat of a letdown, even with the beautiful demonstration of Pythagora's theorem. I mean, there are a few pages describing the ... Read full review
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Pythagoras and the Psychoanalyst
Mother and the Decimal Point
Jurgen Proves It by Mathematics
Peter Learns Arithmetic
Socrates and the Slave
The Death of Archimedes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Circle and the Square
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare
To Think That Two and Two Are Four
The Uses of Mathematics
The Devil and Simon Flagg
And He Built a Crooked House
The Mathematical Voodoo
The Captured CrossSection
A Bolts and the Moebius Strip
God and the Machine
The Island of Five Colors
The Last Magician
A Subway Named Moebius
The Universal Library
Postscript to The Universal Library
John Joness Dollar
A New Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens
The Unfortunate Topologist
There Once Was a Breathy Baboon
Yet What Are All
Threes To Be Sung by Niels Bohr
He Thought He Saw Electrons Swift
Bertrand Russells Dream
For All Practical Purposes
An Infinity of Guests
No Power on Earth
The Receptive Bosom
A Letter to Tennyson
There Was a Young Man from Trinity
There Was an Old Man Who Said Do
There Was a Young Fellow Named Fisk
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