Summary
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Clifton Fadiman (Editor)
A collection of mathematically themed short stories, poems, and snippets from various authors, this book actually works you through some of the most difficult subjects in all of mathematics, all (or mostly) under the guise of science fiction stories. The poems and quotes in one section of the book are not quite as invigorating as the stories by Plato, H. G. Wells, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and many, many others, but the book is a perfect excuse to entertain yourself and actually learn something you didn't know in the process!
Contents:
 Odd Numbers
 Young Archimedes by Aldous Huxley
 Pythagoras and the Psychoanalyst by Arthur Koestler
 Mother and the Decimal Point [from How Green Was My Valley] by Richard Llewellyn
 Jurgen Proves it by Mathematics [from Jurgen] by James Branch Cavell
 Peter Learns Arithmetic by H.G. Wells
 Socrates and the Slave by Plato
 The Death of Archimedes by Karel Capek
 Imaginaries
 The Devil and Simon Flagg by Arthur Porges
 "—And he Built a Crooked House" by Robert A. Heinlein
 Inflexible Logic by Russell Maloney
 Nosided Professor by Martin Gardner
 Superiority by Arthur C. Clarke
 The Mathematical Voodoo by H. Nearing Jr.
 Expedition by Fredric Brown
 The Captured CrossSection by Miles J. Breuer, M.D.
 A. Botts and the Moebius Strip by William Hazlett Upson
 God and the Machine by Nigel Balchin
 The Tachypomp by Edward Page Mitchell
 The Island of Five Colors by Martin Gardner
 The Last Magician by Bruce Elliott
 A Subway Named Moebius by A.J. Deutsch
 The Universal Library by Kurd Lasswitz
 Postscript to 'The Universal Library' by Willy Ley
 John Jones's Dollar by Harry Stephen Keeler
 Fractions  A collection of various poems, quotes, and snippets.
 A New Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens by Arthur T. QuillerCouch
 The Unfortunate Topologist by Cyril Kornbluth
 There Once Was a Breathy Baboon by Sir Arthur Eddington
 Yet What Are All... by Lewis Carroll
 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Ralph Barton
 Mathematical Love by Andrew Marvell
 The Circle by Christopher Morley
 The Circle and the Square by Thomas Dekker
 Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare by Edna St. Vincent Millay
 Euclid by Vachel Lindsay
 To Think That Two and Two Are Four by A.E. Housman
 The Uses of Mathematics by Samuel Butler
 Arithmetic by Carl Sandburg
 Threes (To Be Sung by Niels Bohr) by John Atherton
 Plane Geometry by Emma Rounds
 He Thought He Saw Electrons Swift by Herbert Dingle
 Fearsome Fable by Bruce Elliott
 Bertrand Russell's Dream by G.H. Hardy
 For All Practical Purposes by C. Stanley Ogilvy
 Eternity: A Nightmare by Lewis Carroll
 An Infinity of Guests by George Camow
 ∞ by Sir Arthur Eddington
 No Power on Earth by William Whewell
 (x+1) by Edgar Allen Poe
 The Receptive Bosom by Edward Shanks
 Leinbach's Proof by Arthur Schnitzler
 Problem from The New Yorker
 A Letter to Tennyson from Mathematical Gazette
 A Fable from Mathematical Gazette
 There Was a Young Man from Trinity [anonymous]
 There Was an Old Man Who Said, 'Do' [anonymous]
 Relativity [anonymous]
 There Was a Young Fellow Named Fisk [anonymous]
Original title: Fantasia Mathematica: Being a Set of Stories, Together With a Group of Oddments and Diversions, All Drawn from the Universe of Mathematics
Original languages:
English
Quotes:
Genre: Poetry→ Humorous
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Hard Science→ Mathematics
Fiction→ General Fiction
The following works are contained within this one: Universal Library, the (1902) [Short Story] Author: Kurd Lasswitz
Young Archimedes (1924) [Short Story] Author: Aldous Huxley
Plane Geometry (1925) [Poem] Author: Emma Rounds
John Jones's Dollar (1927) [Short Story] Author: Harry Stephen Keeler
Captured CrossSection, the (1929) [Short Story] Author: Miles J. Breuer
Death of Archimedes, the (1932) [Short Story] Author: Karel Capek
Inflexible Logic (1940) [Short Story] Author: Russell Maloney
—And He Built a Crooked House (1941) [Short Story] Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Pythagoras and the Psychoanalyst (1943) [Short Story] Author: Arthur Koestler
A. Botts and the Moebius Strip (1945) [Short Story] Author: William Hazlett Upson
NoSided Professor (1946) [Short Story] Author: Martin Gardner
Subway Named Moebius, a (1950) [Short Story] Author: A.J. Deutsch
Superiority (1951) [Short Story] Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Mathematical Voodoo, the (1951) [Short Story] Author: H. Nearing, Jr.
Island of Five Colors, the (1952) [Short Story] Author: Martin Gardner
Last Magician, the (1952) [Short Story] Author: Bruce Elliott
Devil and Simon Flagg, the (1954) [Short Story] Author: Arthur Porges
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