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Back to Methuselah (1921)
George Bernard Shaw
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Contributed by "William E. Emba"

In this not-very-stageable play in five parts, Shaw expounds on mankind and the theory of evolution, from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to a paradise world 30,000 years in the future. It turns out that in the future, when these transhumans get bored with the opposite sex, or life in general, they take up mathematics. There is a very interesting mathematical footnote regarding Shaw. A mathematician, Archibald Henderson (professor at Duke, author of THE TWENTY SEVEN LINES UPON THE CUBIC SURFACE) was an early devotee of GBS, became one of Shaw's good friends, his best known critic, and his official biographer.

Contributed by Anonymous

I have been reading GBS dramas ever since 1963 and BACK TO MEHUSELAH and MAN AND SUPERMAN ever since 1970, and find that this evolutionist (or vorticist as he describes himself) the best of intellectual dramatists England has ever produced. I AM AT PRESENT 66 AND HALF YEARS OLD (SORRY,YOUNG) AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTERACT WITH ANYONE WHO REALLY IS INTERESTED IN THE IDEAS OF BTM AND MS. THE ONLY QUERY IS HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE IDEAS IN BTM AND ARE TRYING?

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Works Similar to Back to Methuselah
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Devil and the Lady by Alfred Tennyson
  2. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  3. In Good King Charles's Golden Days by George Bernard Shaw
  4. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  5. The Birds by Aristophanes
  6. The Devil and Simon Flagg by Arthur Porges
  7. Topsy-turvy (Sans Dessus Dessous) by Jules Verne
  8. I of Newton by Joe Haldeman
  9. Been a long, long time by R.A. Lafferty
  10. Incomplete Proofs by John Chu
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Categories:
GenreHumorous, Fantasy,
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MediumPlays, Available Free Online,

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