a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|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.
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
(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.)
|More information about this work can be found at www.hoboes.com.
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Exciting News: The 1,600th entry was recently added to this database of mathematical fiction! Also, for those of you interested in non-fictional math books
let me (shamelessly) plug the recent release of the second edition of my soliton theory textbook.
(Maintained by Alex Kasman,
College of Charleston)