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Mathematical Magpie, the (1962) [Anthology]
by Isaac Asimov Samuel Beckett Max Beerbohm James Blish Miles J. Breuer Lewis Carroll Arthur C. Clarke Mark Clifton Robert M. Coates Parke Cummings Corey Ford Robert Graves Richard Hughes Norton Juster Christopher Morley H. Nearing, Jr. Alexander Pope Raymond Queneau John Reese Bertrand Russell George Santayana Hilbert Schenck H. Allen Smith J. J. Sylvester J. L. Synge Louis Untermeyer William Hazlett Upson Ben Ames Williams William Wordsworth Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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The companion volume to Fadiman's Fantasia Mathematica, this second anthology of mathematical writings is even more varied and contains stories, cartoons, essays, rhymes, music, anecdotes, aphorisms, and other oddments. Authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and many other renowned figures.

The first section, "A Set of Imaginaries" contains science fiction stories based on a mathematical concept; the second, titled "Comic Sections" consists of stories where the main character is something of a mathematical eccentric. The last two sections are "Simple Harmonic Motions," musical selections and notations with mathematical bases, and "Dividends and Remainders," which collects assorted apothogems, poems, limericks, and other miscellany.

Edited by Clifton Fadiman. Contents:

  • Cartoon by Abner Dean
  • Introduction by Clifton Fadiman
I. A Set of Imaginaries
  • Cartoon by Alan Dunn
  • The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov
  • The Law by Robert M. Coates
  • The Appendix and the Spectacles by Miles J. Breuer, M.D.
  • Paul Bunyan Versus the Conveyor Belt by William Hazlett Upson
  • The Pacifist by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Hermeneutical Doughnut by H. Nearing, Jr
  • Star, Bright by Mark Clifton
  • FYI by James Blish
  • The Vanishing Man by Richard Hughes
  • The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke
II. Comic Sections
  • Three Mathematical Diversions by Raymond Queneau
  • The Wonderful World of Figures by Corey Ford
  • A, B and C—The Human Elements in Mathematics by Stephen Leacock
  • Cartoon by Johnny Hart
  • A Note on the Einstein Theory by Max Beerbohm
  • The Achievement of H.T. Wensel by H. Allen Smith
  • Needed: Feminine Math by Parke Cummings
  • Cartoon by Alfred
  • Two Extracts by Mark Twain
  • Mathematics for Golfers by Stephen Leacock
  • Mathematician’s Nightmare: The Vision of Professor Squarepunt by Bertrand Russell
  • Milo and the Mathemagician [from The Phantom Toolbooth] by Norton Juster
III. Irregular Figures
  • Cartoon by Saul Steinberg
  • Sixteen Stones by Samuel Beckett
  • O’Brien’s Table by J. L. Synge
  • The Abominable Mr. Gunn by Robert Graves
  • Coconuts by Ben Ames Williams
  • Euclid and the Bright Boy by J. L. Synge
  • The Purse of Fortunatus by Lewis Carroll
  • Cartoon by Saul Steinberg
  • The Symbolic Logic of Murder by John Reese
IV. Simple Harmonic Motions
  • Cartoon by James Frankfort
  • The Square of the Hypotenuse [music by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]
  • The Ta Ta [music by Joseph Charles Holbrooke, lyrics by Sidney H. Sime]
V. Dividends and Remainders
  • Cartoon by Saul Steinberg
  • Apothems from George Christoph Lichtenberg, Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, G. Polya, Lewis Carroll, Jules Renard, George Orwell, Goethe, Winston Churchill, J. B. Mencken, Augustus De Morgan, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, Bill Mortlock,
  • A Subset of Anecdotes from A. De Morgan, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, George Gamow, W. W. R. Ball, Simon Newcomb, Elliot Paul, A. J. Lohwater
  • A Little Nursery Rhyme Mathematics from Iona and Peter Opie, Frederick Winsor, L. A. Graham
  • To a Missing Member of a Family Group of Terms in an Algebraic Formula by J. J. Sylvester
  • Portrait of a Mathematician by Christopher Morley
  • from The Dunciad by Alexander Pope
  • Geometry by William Wordsworth
  • Me by Hilbert Schenck
  • Cartoon by Leo Demare
  • Song of the Screw [anonymous]
  • The Modern Hiawatha [author unknown]
  • The Loves of the Triangles by John Hookham Frere & George Canning
  • The Mathematician in Love by W. J. M. Rankine
  • E=mc˛ by Morris Bishop
  • Engineer’s Yell [anonymous]
  • Rhymes by Algebra by Dr. William Whewell and Stephen Barr
  • Note on θ, φ, and ψ by Michael Roberts
  • A Song Against Circles by R. P. Lister
  • Wockyjabber by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.
  • Einstein: A Parody in the Manner of Edw-n Markh-m by Louis Untermeyer
  • Tending to Infinity by J. L. Synge
  • The Superlative Degree by Ernest Elmo Calkins
  • The Magic Box by W. R. Baker
  • The Kiss Precise by Frederick Soddy
  • The Kiss Precise (Generalized) by Thorold Gossett
  • The Hexlet by Frederick Soddy
  • Short Cuts to Success by Ronald A. Knox
  • There Was a Young Lady Named Bright by A. H. Reginald Buller
  • There Was an Old Man Who Said, 'Do...' [anonymous]
  • Snip, Snip by Hilbert Schenck, Jr
  • Cartoon by Paul Peter Porges
  • The Young Man of Sid. Sussex by Arthur C. Hilton
  • Pun in Orbit by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.
  • A Mathematician Confided [author unknown]
  • A Mathematician Named [author unknown]
  • The Map of England and the Absolute by George Santayana
  • Cupid with an Adding Machine by Charles D. Rice
  • The Miniver Problem by Jan Struther and solution by L. A. Graham

Original title: The Mathematical Magpie : Being More Stories, Mainly Transcendental, Plus Subsets of Essays, Rhymes, Music, Anecdotes, Epigrams, and Other Prime Oddments and Diversions, Rational or Irrational, All Derived from the Infinite Domain of Mathematics
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Nine Billion Names of God, the (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Feeling of Power, the (1958) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov

Edition #1: Mathematical Magpie, the

Mathematical Magpie, the (1962)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Clifton P. Fadiman
Introduction by: Clifton P. Fadiman
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Manifested in:

The Mathematical Magpie (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Copernicus
ISBN: 9780387949505
Pages: 303

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