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Re: Riemann inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the LookingGlass (?)
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May 8, 2013 7:30 AM


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/19940315/news/vw34100_1_ascientificodysseythroughparalleluniverses > > > So, is the reviewer right?
I'm sure you are also aware of this:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427391.600alicesadventuresinalgebrawonderlandsolved.html
Seems there is something to the claim.



