|This picture book describes the love story of two geometrical
figures. It was also made into a cartoon by Chuck Jones (available on YouTube).
I have loved this book ever since my wonderful
mathematical mother introduced me to it as a child. Now that I read it
as a student of mathematics, the fun storyline still entertains me.
I have used the love story of the dot and the line as a Valentine's treat
for algebra students. For the most, they enjoy the mathematical use of
phrases, such as, `stretching a point', `the line was on edge', etc.
When the line displays his talent of creating mathematical and artistic
designs, many students are excited when I tell them that I will teaching
them how to curve stitch the circle design. Then there is always a
`squiggle' or two who are critical of the story.
Note: By far, the most frequently asked question in e-mail messages I receive from visitors to this site is "Do you know how I can obtain a copy of the film `The Dot and the Line'?" Unfortunately, I do not know of a consistent source. I know that some of the people who asked me were able to obtain copies from the Amazon auction. If you know of any other source, please write to me! (And if you know who owns the film rights to this thing, get them to rerelease it!...Aha! According to Sjaak Kamerling a copy of this film on DVD can now be purchased (as long as one is willing to order a Doris Day movie along with it!)
On April 26th 2005 a DVD is released with an old Doris Day movie: The glass bottom boat"; there is also a bonus movie on the DVD: "The dot and the line".
[Click here to go to the Amazon page for info about this DVD. -Alex]
I just wanted to let you know, I had been looking for a copy of The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster (Chuck Jones' animated version) for some time, and was surprised and excited when I read on Mathematical Fiction that it was on a DVD of a Doris Day movie.
What I wanted to let you know is that this information is correct. You can go on Amazon and they have the movie Glass Bottom Boat which indeed does have the Dot and The Line as a bonus.
Thank you for a wonderful resource and website which I will use now as a reading list.
btw, for the "dot and the line" story, the nearly 10-minute movie is available on youtube
Tom L. Smith, Ph.D.
In case this info has not already provided, "The Dot and the Line" is among the animated films in a collection that can be found
One of my favorite films and books. I give these as gifts all the time.