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Fantasia mathematica : being a set of stories, together with a group of oddments and diversions, all drawn from the universe of mathematics

Author: Clifton Fadiman
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon and Schuster, 1958.
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Book Description: Clifton Fadiman's classic collection of mathematical stories, essays and anecdotes is now once again available. Ranging from the poignant to the comical via the simply surreal, these selections include writing by Aldous Huxley, Martin Gardner, H.G. Wells, George Gamow, G.H. Hardy, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and many others. Humorous, mysterious, and always entertaining, this collection is  Read more...
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Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999.
Fantasia mathematica.
New York, Simon and Schuster, 1958
(OCoLC)654789425
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifton Fadiman
OCLC Number: 764889
Description: xix, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Clifton Fadiman --
Part 1: Odd Numbers: --
Young Archimedes / Aldous Huxley --
Pythagoras and the psychoanalyst / Arthur Koestler --
Mother and the decimal point / Richard Llewellyn --
Jurgen proves it by mathematics / James Branch Cabell --
Peter learns arithmetic / H G Wells --
Socrates and the slave / Plato --
Death of Archimedes / by Karel Čapek --
Part 2: Imaginaries: --
Devil and Simon Flagg / Arthur Porges --
And he built a crooked house / Robert A Heinlein --
Inflexible logic / Russell Maloney --
No-sided professor / Martin Gardner --
Superiority / Arthur C Clarke --
Mathematical voodoo / by H Nearing, Jr --
Expedition / Fredric Brown --
Captured cross-section / Miles J Breuer --
A Botts and the Moebius strip / William Hazlett Upson --
God and the machine / Nigel Balchin --
Tachypomp / Edward Page Mitchell --
Island of five colors / by Martin Gardner --
Last magician / Bruce Elliott --
Subway named Moebius / A J Deutsch --
Universal library / Kurd Lasswitz --
Postscript to "The universal library" / Willy Ley --
John Jones's dollar / Harry Stephen Keeler --Part 3: Fractions: --
New ballad of Sir Patrick Spens / Arthur T Quiller-Couch --
Unfortunate topologist / Cyril Kornbluth --
There once was a breathy baboon / Arthur Eddington --
Yet what are all / Lewis Carroll --
Twinkle, twinkle, little star / Ralph Barton --
Mathematical love / Andrew Marvell --
Circle / Christopher Morley --
Circle and the square / Thomas Dekker --
Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare / Edna St Vincent Millay --
Euclid / Vachel Lindsay --
To think that two and two are four / A E Housman --
Uses of mathematics / Samuel Butler --
Arithmetic / Carl Sandburg --
Threes (to be sung by Niels Bohr) / John Atherton --
Plane geometry / Emma Rounds --
He thought he saw electrons swift / Herbert Dingle --
Fearsome fable / Bruce Elliott --
Bertrand Russell's dream / G H Hardy --
For all practical purposes / G Stanley Ogilvy --
Eternity: a nightmare / by Lewis Carroll --
Infinity of guests / by George Gamow --
[Infinity symbol] / Arthur Eddington --
No power on earth / William Whewell --
(x + 1) / Edgar Allan Poe --Receptive bosom / Edward Shanks --
Leinbach's proof / Arthur Schnitzler --
Problem from The New Yorker: talk of the town --
Letter to Tennyson from Mathematical Gazette --
Fable from Mathematical Gazette --
There was a young man from Trinity --
There was an old man who said, "Do" --
Relativity --
There was a young fellow names Fisk.
Responsibility: Clifton Fadiman.

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Book Description: Clifton Fadiman's classic collection of mathematical stories, essays and anecdotes is now once again available. Ranging from the poignant to the comical via the simply surreal, these selections include writing by Aldous Huxley, Martin Gardner, H.G. Wells, George Gamow, G.H. Hardy, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, and many others. Humorous, mysterious, and always entertaining, this collection is sure to bring a smile to the faces of mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike.

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