Dodgson if and only if Carroll

If I expound on the wonders of the mathematics done by Charles Dodgson, you just might look at me and wonder who the heck I am talking about.  Now, if I mention Lewis Carroll and his book Alice in Wonderland, then we might be on the same page.  It turns out that Charles Dodgson = Lewis Carroll, and, yes, he was a mathematician.  In reading the stories, you can see the author’s familiarity with the study of logic; but you might also be delighted by the fictional plot.  The British Queen Victoria was very delighted.  In fact, after reading Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, the queen wanted a copy of Carroll’s very next book.  I would love to have been a fly on the wall when she received a book called An Elementary Treatise on Determinants.  Yes, he was a mathematician.  (1)


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