Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Beware of algebraic exegesis


Jewish date:  23 ’Adhar 5770 (Parashath Wayyaqhel-Fequdhe).

Today’s quasi-holiday:  Unique Names Day.

Worthy cause of the day:  “Alliance for Justice:  Call for Investigation of Missing Torture Emails”, “MoveOn.org Political Action: Tell the party establishment to stay out”, and “CARE:  Voices Against Violence”.

Today’s news and commentary:
title page of the 1865 edition of Lewis Carrol...Image via Wikipedia
Today’s weird thing is “Algebra in Wonderland”, which claims that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll parodies mathematical concepts which were new in Carroll’s day.  I have no idea whether the author is correct, but at least it makes for interesting reading if you understand something of mathematics.   Enjoy and share the weirdness.

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