W is for Wonderland

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

I’m fairly certain that everyone who can read is familiar with Alice in Wonderland, the wonderful, strange tale by Lewis Carroll. It has been a beloved favorite of children, movies, TV shows and cartoons for many decades now.

But maybe you didn’t know that the story isn’t nonsense. It’s actually a huge allegory for mathematics, as outlined at the following blog. This makes me really happy, because it disproves that whole idea of science and humanities not being able to mix.

Besides for that awesome tidbit, Alice in Wonderland is also an extremely quotable book, with some of the greatest gems from literature to date. You can check out a lot of them on Goodreads.

Tomorrow: X is Xueqin!

12 thoughts on “W is for Wonderland

  1. Three things I thought of tonight while I couldn’t sleep.
    1. I am “W”…maybe next year
    2.My friend read this meeting of Alice and the Caterpillar http://youtu.be/2BK5ybRQk9Y
    3. Love this picture

    I don’t know if you can see either of these, I wanted to share.
    I couldn’t sleep tonight because Burning Man seems so far away in time and space and in finance that I was mentally building a camp and shade and a space for the family, the tribe that we gather. I even dreamt out an Art Car.
    It is my Wonderland. I will get over not being a “W”

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  2. One of my favorite books and authors! Upon reading the blog about math, someone has been reading nonsense too long… An interesting idea though! Thanks for sharing!! rsmccoy.blogspot.com

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  3. I wished I liked Alice better, but I’ve never really been able to reconcile myself with the way Carroll would just decide he was finished with the story.

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  4. A wonderland indeed. One of the most magnificent things about art has got to be the space for interpretation. I’m constantly amazed at how our human brains will adapt stories (or images, or music, or lyrics etc.) to fit whatever circumstances we have a need for. It’s necessary, it’s fulfilling, and it serves a truly important purpose. We need to make sense of things in life. And I’m drawn like a magnet to any kind of forum that will support my psychological thirst–even if the next time around it has a whole new flavor.

    Thanks for the reminder of the very capable and clever Carroll!

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