#### Title:

- Mathematical Magpie, The (Anthology)

#### Authors:

- Isaac Asimov
- Samuel Beckett
- Max Beerbohm
- James Blish
- Miles J. Breuer
- Lewis Carroll
- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
- Mark Clifton
- Robert M. Coates
- Parke Cummings
- Corey Ford
- Robert Graves
- Richard Hughes
- Norton Juster
- Christopher Morley
- H. Nearing, Jr.
- Alexander Pope
- Raymond Queneau
- John Reese
- Bertrand Russell
- George Santayana
- Hilbert Schenck
- H. Allen Smith
- J. J. Sylvester
- J. L. Synge
- Louis Untermeyer
- William Hazlett Upson
- Ben Ames Williams
- William Wordsworth

#### Genres:

#### Editions:

# | Date | Publisher | Binding | Cover |
---|---|---|---|---|

1 | 1962-00-00 |

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**Blurb:**- The companion volume to Fadiman's Fantasia Mathematica, this second anthology of mathematical writings is even more varied and contains stories, cartoons, essays, rhymes, music, anecdotes, aphorisms, and other oddments. Authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and many other renowned figures.

The first section, "A Set of Imaginaries" contains science fiction stories based on a mathematical concept; the second, titled "Comic Sections" consists of stories where the main character is something of a mathematical eccentric. The last two sections are "Simple Harmonic Motions," musical selections and notations with mathematical bases, and "Dividends and Remainders," which collects assorted apothogems, poems, limericks, and other miscellany.

Edited by Clifton Fadiman. Contents:

Cartoon by Abner Dean

Introduction by Clifton Fadiman

I. A Set of Imaginaries

Cartoon by Alan Dunn

The Feeling of Power by Isaac Asimov

The Law by Robert M. Coates

The Appendix and the Spectacles by Miles J. Breuer, M.D.

Paul Bunyan Versus the Conveyor Belt by William Hazlett Upson

The Pacifist by Arthur C. Clarke

The Hermeneutical Doughnut by H. Nearing, Jr

Star, Bright by Mark Clifton

FYI by James Blish

The Vanishing Man by Richard Hughes

The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

II. Comic Sections

Three Mathematical Diversions by Raymond Queneau

The Wonderful World of Figures by Corey Ford

A, B and C--The Human Elements in Mathematics by Stephen Leacock

Cartoon by Johnny Hart

A Note on the Einstein Theory by Max Beerbohm

The Achievement of H.T. Wensel by H. Allen Smith

Needed: Feminine Math by Parke Cummings

Cartoon by Alfred

Two Extracts by Mark Twain

Mathematics for Golfers by Stephen Leacock

Mathematician's Nightmare: The Vision of Professor Squarepunt by Bertrand Russell

Milo and the Mathemagician [from The Phantom Toolbooth] by Norton Juster

III. Irregular Figures

Cartoon by Saul Steinberg

Sixteen Stones by Samuel Beckett

O'Brien's Table by J. L. Synge

The Abominable Mr. Gunn by Robert Graves

Coconuts by Ben Ames Williams

Euclid and the Bright Boy by J. L. Synge

The Purse of Fortunatus by Lewis Carroll

Cartoon by Saul Steinberg

The Symbolic Logic of Murder by John Reese

IV. Simple Harmonic Motions

Cartoon by James Frankfort

The Square of the Hypotenuse [music by Saul Chaplin, lyrics by Johnny Mercer]

The Ta Ta [music by Joseph Charles Holbrooke, lyrics by Sidney H. Sime]

V. Dividends and Remainders

Cartoon by Saul Steinberg

Apothems from George Christoph Lichtenberg, Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, G. Polya, Lewis Carroll, Jules Renard, George Orwell, Goethe, Winston Churchill, J. B. Mencken, Augustus De Morgan, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, Bill Mortlock,

A Subset of Anecdotes from A. De Morgan, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, George Gamow, W. W. R. Ball, Simon Newcomb, Elliot Paul, A. J. Lohwater

A Little Nursery Rhyme Mathematics from Iona and Peter Opie, Frederick Winsor, L. A. Graham

To a Missing Member of a Family Group of Terms in an Algebraic Formula by J. J. Sylvester

Portrait of a Mathematician by Christopher Morley

from The Dunciad by Alexander Pope

Geometry by William Wordsworth

Me by Hilbert Schenck

Cartoon by Leo Demare

Song of the Screw [anonymous]

The Modern Hiawatha [author unknown]

The Loves of the Triangles by John Hookham Frere & George Canning

The Mathematician in Love by W. J. M. Rankine

E=mc2 by Morris Bishop

Engineer's Yell [anonymous]

Rhymes by Algebra by Dr. William Whewell and Stephen Barr

Note on ??, ??, and ?? by Michael Roberts

A Song Against Circles by R. P. Lister

Wockyjabber by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.

Einstein: A Parody in the Manner of Edw-n Markh-m by Louis Untermeyer

Tending to Infinity by J. L. Synge

The Superlative Degree by Ernest Elmo Calkins

The Magic Box by W. R. Baker

The Kiss Precise by Frederick Soddy

The Kiss Precise (Generalized) by Thorold Gossett

The Hexlet by Frederick Soddy

Short Cuts to Success by Ronald A. Knox

There Was a Young Lady Named Bright by A. H. Reginald Buller

There Was an Old Man Who Said, 'Do...' [anonymous]

Snip, Snip by Hilbert Schenck, Jr

Cartoon by Paul Peter Porges

The Young Man of Sid. Sussex by Arthur C. Hilton

Pun in Orbit by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.

A Mathematician Confided [author unknown]

A Mathematician Named [author unknown]

The Map of England and the Absolute by George Santayana

Cupid with an Adding Machine by Charles D. Rice

The Miniver Problem by Jan Struther and solution by L. A. Graham