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Fantasia Mathematica (1958) [Anthology]
by John Atherton Nigel Balchin Ralph Barton Miles J. Breuer Fredric Brown James Branch Cabell Karel Capek Lewis Carroll Arthur C. Clarke Thomas Dekker A.J. Deutsch Herbert Dingle Arthur Eddington Bruce Elliott George Gamow Martin Gardner G.H. Hardy Robert A. Heinlein A.E. Housman Aldous Huxley Harry Stephen Keeler Arthur Koestler Cyril M. Kornbluth Kurd Lasswitz Willy Ley Vachel Lindsay Richard Llewellyn Russell Maloney Andrew Marvell Edna St. Vincent Millay Edward Page Mitchell Christopher Morley H. Nearing, Jr. C. Stanley Ogilvy Plato Arthur Porges Arthur Quiller-Couch Emma Rounds Carl Sandburg William Hazlett Upson H. G. Wells Rating: Weighted - 7.1 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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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!


  • 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
    • No-sided Professor by Martin Gardner
    • Superiority by Arthur C. Clarke
    • The Mathematical Voodoo by H. Nearing Jr.
    • Expedition by Fredric Brown
    • The Captured Cross-Section 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. Quiller-Couch
    • 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


Genre: PoetryHumorous
FictionScience FictionHard ScienceMathematics
FictionGeneral 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 Cross-Section, 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
     No-Sided 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


Edition #1: Fantasia Mathematica

Fantasia Mathematica (1958)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Clifton P. Fadiman
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Fantasia Mathematica (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Copernicus
ISBN: 0387949313
Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.1 x 1.0 in
Pages: 300

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Fantasia Mathematica (June 1958)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0671244507
Pages: 299

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