The Mathematical World of Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

The Mathematical World of Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)


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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best known for his 'Alice' books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, written under his pen name of Lewis Carroll. Yet, whilst lauded for his work in children's fiction and his pioneering work in the world of Victorian photography, his everyday job was a lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford University.

The Mathematical World of Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) explores the academic background behind this complex individual, outlining his mathematical life, describing his writings in geometry, algebra, logic, the theory of voting, and recreational mathematics, before going on to discuss his mathematical legacy.

This is the first academic work that collects the research on Dodgson's wide-ranging mathematical achievements into a single practical volume. Much material appears here for the first time, such as Dodgson's personal letters and drawings, as well as the results of recent investigations into the life and work of Dodgson. Complementing this are many illustrations, both historical and explanatory, as well as a full mathematical bibliography of Dodgson's mathematical publications.

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ISBN-13: 9780198817000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/21/2019
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robin Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics, The Open University,Amirouche Moktefi, Lecturer in Philosophy, Tallinn University of Technology

Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford University. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. A former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, he has written and edited over 40 books on the history of mathematics, including Lewis Carroll in Numberland, and also on combinatorics and graph theory. Involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, he has been awarded prizes by the Mathematical Association of America for his 'outstanding expository writing', and the Stanton Medal for outreach activities in combinatorics by the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications.

Amirouche Moktefi is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He is member of the Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Estonia, and is associated with the Archives Henri Poincare - Philosophy and Researches on Sciences and Technologies in France. His areas of interest include the history of mathematics and logic and the philosophy of visual reasoning. He has extensively published on Dodgson's mathematics and logic.

Table of Contents

1. A Mathematical Life
2. Geometry
3. Algebra
4. Logic
5. Voting
6. Recreational Mathematics
7. Mathematical Legacy
8. Mathematical Bibliography

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