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Topic: Riemann inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and Through the Looking-Glass (?)

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gus gassmann

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Re: Riemann inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (?)

Posted: May 8, 2013 7:30 AM
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On 07/05/2013 6:23 PM, David Bernier wrote:
> On 05/07/2013 04:48 PM, David Bernier wrote:
>> That is what Wikipedia says, citing an article from 2004
>> that is inacessible to me, ref. 4 at the Wikipedia page
>> on Riemann.
>>
>> Cf.:
>>
>> Section on Riemann's influence:
>>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Riemann .
>>
>> The Wikipedia page on Lewis Carroll,
>>
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lutwidge_Dodgson
>>
>> shows that both books appeared after Riemann's 1859 paper,
>> which some say made Riemann "famous" within a short few
>> years.
>>
>> The Wikipedia page on Lewis Carroll gives no hint of
>> an influence of Riemann on Carroll ...

>
> Quoting a 1994 book review on "Hyperspace" by physicist
> Michio Kaku:
>
> "Riemann's geometry inspired one Englishman, Oxford mathematician Lewis
> Carroll, to write "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." "
>
> [LA Times; March 15, 1994 by BETTYANN KEVLES ; SPECIAL TO THE TIMES ]
>
> cf.:
> http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-15/news/vw-34100_1_a-scientific-odyssey-through-parallel-universes
>
>
> So, is the reviewer right?


I'm sure you are also aware of this:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427391.600-alices-adventures-in-algebra-wonderland-solved.html

Seems there is something to the claim.



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