Summary
(From the publisher):
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=mc² 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 Edwn Markhm 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
Quotes:
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction
Poetry→ Humorous
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
