a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|I have long known that mathematician Charles Dodgson, who wrote the famous Alice stories under the pseudonym "Lewis Carroll", also wrote a book defending Euclid's ancient text as the best for teaching geometry. However, having never read it myself, I was not aware that it was written in the form of a play featuring Euclid's ghost and the fictional characters "Minos" and "Dr. Niemand". I am grateful to Matthew Huerta-Enochian for suggesting that I add it to the list here.|
The entire book is currently available online as a Google book. It may still be entertaining, as it contains some of the author's well known sense of humor. However, it is also likely to be hopelessly out of date as our views of both geometry and pedagogy have changed a great deal since this was written.
It has even been suggested that this work is no longer viewed as being historically/mathematically accurate. Can anyone comment on this?
|More information about this work can be found at books.google.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)