This short story appeared in the September 2002 issue of "Math Horizons",
published by the Mathematical Association of America. In it, some kids
look through an attic containing lots of stuff belonging to their "crazy
Great-Uncle Georg", who was apparently Georg Cantor. There they find
fantastical items of mathematical interest like a countably infinite deck
of cards (which can be split into two decks of the same size, of course), a
mechanical "Zeno Game" in which each turn of a small crank brings Achilles
closer to the turtle even though he never seems to catch up, an album
of all possible lists, and a Ouija board
that always lies. |