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Gulliver's Posthumous Travels to Riemann's Land and Lobachevskia (1947)
William Pepperell Montague

In this sequel to Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels (which is also mathematical), Barnard College philosopher Montague tells us of his dreams in which Gulliver shares with him the non-Euclidean geometry of his voyages for Riemann's Land and Lobachevskia. The point seems to be to emphasize the Aristotelean philosophical argument that space is neither finite nor infinite, but rather that these properties depend on your notion of measurement.

The story was actually presented as a speech before the Forum of the Society of Friends of Scripta Mathematica and then published in Vol. XIII (1947) of Scripta Mathematica, a quarterly journal published by Yeshiva University.

Thanks to Sandro Caparrini (Torino, Italy) for finding this gem!

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TopicGeometry/Topology/Trigonometry, Real Mathematics,
MediumShort Stories,

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