NPR ‘s Weekend Edition Saturday played an interesting piece about Alice in Wonderland– “The Mad Hatter’s Secret Ingredient: Math.”

Guy Keith Devlin tells NPR’s Jacki Lyden, “The Author Lewis Carroll was also a math teacher in Oxford, England, and mathematicians say the Alice books are full of algebraic lessons ā€” such as why a raven is like a writing desk…That particular scene ā€” and lots of other scenes in Alice in Wonderland ā€” were a reflection on the increasing abstraction that was going on in mathematics in the 19th century.”

This is an excellent jumping point for class discussion, writing, and art.

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