Book:Clifton Fadiman/The Mathematical Magpie

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Clifton Fadiman: The Mathematical Magpie

Published $1962$, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

ISBN 0-387-94950-X.


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
1 — An Exercise in Style: Mathematical
2 — On the Aerodynamic Properties of Addition
3 — The Geometrical Disappearance of Dino
The Wonderful World of Figures by Corey Ford
A, B, and C — The Human Element 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 (with an Addendum from The New Yorker on Culver City Arithmetic) by Parke Cummings
Cartoon by Alfred Frueh
Two Extracts by Mark Twain
Mathematics for Golfers by Stephen Leacock
The Mathematician's Nightmare: The Vision of Professor Squarepunt by Bertrand Russell
Milo and the Mathemagician 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 (an excerpt from Sylvie and Bruno) 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 by G. C. Lichtenberg, S. J. Lec, G. Polya, Lewis Carroll, Jules Renard, George Orwell, Goethe, Winston Churchill, J. B. Mencken, A. De Morgan, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, Bill Mortlock, Anonymous
A Subset of Anecdotes by A. De Morgan, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, George Gamow, W. W. R. Ball, Simon Newcomb, Elliot Paul, A. J. Lohwater
A Little Nursery Mathematics by Iona and Peter Opie, Frederick Winsor, L. A. Graham
A Quadrinomial of Poems
To a Missing Member of a Family Group of Terms in an Algebraical formula by J. J. Sylvester
Portrait of a Mathematician by Christopher Morley
From The Dunciad by Alexander Pope
Geometry by William Wordsworth
Surd and Absurd
Me by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.
Cartoon by Leo Demaré
Song of the Screw — Anonymous
The Modern Hiawatha — Author Unknown
The Loves of the Triangles by John Hookham Frere and George Canning
The Mathematician in Love by W. J. M. Rankine
$E = m c^2$ by Morris Bishop
Engineer's Yell — Author Unknown
Rhymes by Algebra by William Whewell and Stephen Barr
Notes on $\theta$, $\phi$ and $\psi$ by Michael Roberts
A Song Against Circles by R. P. Lister
Wockyjabber by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.
Einstein: A Parody in the Manner of Edwin Markham by Louis Untermeyer
Tending to Infinity by J. L. Synge
The Superlative Degree by Earnest Elmo Calkins
The Magic Box by W. R. Baker
The Kiss Precise by Frederick Soddy
The Kiss Precise (generalized) by Thorold Gosset
The Hexlet by Frederick Soddy
Short Cuts to Success by Ronald A. Knox
A Group of Limericks
The Young Lady Named Bright by A. H. Reginald Buller, F. R. S.
There Was an Old Man Who Said, "Do $\ldots$" – Author Unknown
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 Klein – Author Unknown
Three Random Points
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 L. A. Graham