Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll is the author of one of my favourite quotes ever

” When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less “

Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll

Carroll was a pseudonym, his actual name was Charles Dodgson. I was interested to skim through this article [here], discussing the relationship between his teaching in mathematics, his humour, and his Christian faith. I had no idea he taught mathematics at Oxford or that he was a Christian. He was a friend, it seems, of George Macdonald, a scottish writer whose works I intend on reading at some point (the list of books to read is long!)

The article discusses two of Carroll’s stories. Here is an example from one, that I found delightful:

Much of the humor is due to puns or to valid logic, but with a false premise. The following conversation is typical:

“It’s like this,” said the Other Professor, hastily drawing a long line on the black board, and marking the letters “A,” “B”, at the two ends, and “C” in the middle. “Let me explain it to you. If AB were to be divided into two parts at C – ”

“It would be drownded,” Bruno pronounced confidently.

The Other Professor gasped. “What would be drowned?”

“Why the bumble-bee of course!” said Bruno. “And the two bits would sink 
down into the sea!”


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