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Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893)
Lewis Carroll
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The sequel to his somewhat popular book "Sylvie and Bruno" never achieved the popularity of the original. This lack of success may or may not be related to Chapter VII (entitled "Mein Herr") of the book in which (while sharing some tea) the characters discuss the production of a projective plane by gluing the boundary of a disk to the boundary of a Mobius strip.

Contributed by Moses Klein, University of Wisconsin

"The entertaining Klein bottle passage certainly isn't the only mathematical chapter in the book. There's also one exchange in which Bruno estimates a crowd of 1004 ("I'm sure about the four; it's the thousand I'm not sure about") which I occasionally cite to explain significant digits. This book is Lewis Carroll at his finest: subtly sophisticated, playfully presented, but undeservingly underappreciated."

(Thanks to Victor Jiminez Lopez for pointing out an error on this page that I have now hopefully successfully corrected and I will not repeat in order to avoid further embarrassing myself.)

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Works Similar to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. Euclid and His Modern Rivals by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)
  2. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Man Who Counted : A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan
  4. Number 9: The Search for the Sigma Code by Cecil Balmond
  5. Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers by Pendred Noyce
  6. The Magic Two-Horn by Sergey Pavlovich Bobrov
  7. Sticks by Joan Bauer
  8. Sophie's Diary by Dora Musielak
  9. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka / Lane Smith (illustrator)
  10. The Number Devil (Der Zahlenteufel) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Ratings for Sylvie and Bruno Concluded:
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Mathematical Content:
2.66/5 (3 votes)
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Literary Quality:
5/5 (3 votes)
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Categories:
GenreDidactic, Children's Literature,
MotifMobius Strip/Nonorientability,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumNovels, Available Free Online,

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