MATHEMATICAL FICTION:

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Paul Bunyan versus the Conveyor Belt (1949)
William Hazlett Upson
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A clever "twist" on the usual Mobius band story. Answers the age old question: How can you win lots of money betting against poor saps who don't understand topology?

Contributed by Anonymous

I use this story with children in mathematics classes as an enrichment activity. they have paper and create the Mobius strip as the stroy is read so they can see what is happening and make predictions. it's a great enrichment!

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Works Similar to Paul Bunyan versus the Conveyor Belt
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. A. Botts and the Moebius Strip by William Hazlett Upson
  2. The Sinister Researches of C.P. Ransom by Homer C. Nearing Jr.
  3. The Geometrics of Johnny Day by Nelson Bond
  4. No-Sided Professor by Martin Gardner
  5. The Gangs of New Math by Robert W. Vallin
  6. The Adventures of Topology Man by Alex Kasman
  7. The Holmes-Ginsbook Device by Isaac Asimov
  8. The Chair of Philanthromathematics by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
  9. The Papers of A.J. Wentworth, B.A. by Humphry Francis Ellis
  10. Mathematically Bent by Colin Adams
Ratings for Paul Bunyan versus the Conveyor Belt:
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Mathematical Content:
3.5/5 (4 votes)
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Literary Quality:
2.5/5 (2 votes)
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Categories:
GenreHumorous,
MotifMobius Strip/Nonorientability,
TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry,
MediumShort Stories,

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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex

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