Carrollians have long recognised the influence of Lewis Carroll’s work in Douglas Adams’ sci-fi comedy The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. After extensive research, Sarah Stanfield can now reveal that it is not only his emphasis on the importance of the number ‘42’ and use of the word ‘fits’ that show that Adams borrowed from Wonderland, Looking Glass, the Snark and even earlier writings of Lewis Carroll. Don’t panic – come and hear what else Sarah has found.
Friday 22 March 2019
Lewis Carroll in Numberland: Exploring Dodgson’s
by Robin Wilson
If Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) hadn’t written the ‘Alice’ books’ he would probably be remembered as a pioneer photographer and also as a mathematician. But which branch of mathematics was he interested in – and how good a mathematician was he? In this illustrated talk Robin Wilson will summarise Dodgson’s mathematical life and works in the context of Victorian Oxford. No knowledge of mathematics is assumed.