Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel, "Alice in Wonderland" is a beloved children’s book. Hidden in the text is a commentary on mathematics. Charles Dodgson, whose pen name was Lewis Carroll, originally invented the story as an entertainment for the young daughters of friends. When he put the story on paper for publication, it became, in part, a satire of developments in mathematics that were current at the time. Dodgson was himself a serious mathematician who lectured at Christ Church College, Oxford, England. According to Devlin, Dodgson took issue with the increasingly abstract nature of mathematics, and he used this book to comment on it. Listen to the story to learn more about the mathematical allusions in this famous work.
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