Fantasia Mathematica

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Clifton Fadiman
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 1, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 298 pages
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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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User Review  - Cindy Dalfovo - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Scott Kleinpeter - Goodreads

Mathematical limericks. Read full review

Contents

Young Archimedes
3
Pythagoras and the Psychoanalyst
35
Mother and the Decimal Point
37
Jurgen Proves It by Mathematics
40
Peter Learns Arithmetic
46
Socrates and the Slave
49
The Death of Archimedes
57
IMAGINARIES
61
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
269
Mathematical Love
270
The Circle
271
The Circle and the Square
272
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare
273
Euclid
274
To Think That Two and Two Are Four
275
The Uses of Mathematics
276

The Devil and Simon Flagg
63
And He Built a Crooked House
70
Inflexible Logic
91
NoSided Professor
99
Superiority
110
The Mathematical Voodoo
121
Expedition
138
The Captured CrossSection
140
A Bolts and the Moebius Strip
155
God and the Machine
171
The Tachypomp
182
The Island of Five Colors
196
The Last Magician
211
A Subway Named Moebius
222
The Universal Library
237
Postscript to The Universal Library
244
John Joness Dollar
248
FRACTIONS
259
A New Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens
261
The Unfortunate Topologist
266
There Once Was a Breathy Baboon
267
Yet What Are All
268
Arithmetic
277
Threes To Be Sung by Niels Bohr
278
Plane Geometry
279
He Thought He Saw Electrons Swift
281
Fearsome Fable
282
Bertrand Russells Dream
283
For All Practical Purposes
284
A Nightmare
285
An Infinity of Guests
286
No Power on Earth
288
x+1
289
The Receptive Bosom
290
Leinbachs Proof
291
Problem
292
A Letter to Tennyson
293
A Fable
294
There Was a Young Man from Trinity
295
There Was an Old Man Who Said Do
296
Relativity
297
There Was a Young Fellow Named Fisk
298
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Clifton Fadiman, Ph.D., is an author, teacher, and student of Sufism. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

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