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!

V is for Venn Diagrams

Not much in the way of words today (aren’t you glad?), just a bit of humor. I’ve always loved Venn Diagrams, and bar graphs, and basically any mathematical diagram that has been re-purposed for humor. So, I sat down in front of Photoshop for about twenty minutes and thought of these guys. Do you have any others that you can think of?

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Tomorrow: W is for Wonderland!