# Book:Clifton Fadiman/The Mathematical Magpie

## Clifton Fadiman: *The Mathematical Magpie*

Published $1962$, **Simon & Schuster, Inc.**

- ISBN 0-387-94950-X.

### Contents

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*by Abner Dean* *Introduction by*CLIFTON FADIMAN

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- I. A SET OF IMAGINARIES

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*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*

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- 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*

- Three Mathematical Diversions by Raymond Queneau

- III. IRREGULAR FIGURES

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*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*

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- IV. SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTIONS

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*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*

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- V. DIVIDENDS AND REMAINDERS

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*by Saul Steinberg*

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- 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*

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- 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 Subset of Anecdotes

- A Little Nursery Mathematics
*by Iona and Peter Opie, Frederick Winsor, L. A. Graham*

- A Little Nursery Mathematics

- 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

- A Quadrinomial of Poems

- Surd and Absurd
- Me by Hilbert Schenck, Jr.

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*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

- Surd and Absurd

- 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.

- A Group of Limericks

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*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

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- 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

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