Friday, November 5, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

It is came to my attention to gugel about Alice Lindell-the origin character of Alice in Wonderland when I read about Oxford Wonderland Tour.

Yes, Oxford is the birth place Alice in Wonderland's story.The character-Alice is taken from Alice Lindell, the daughter of the Dean at Christ Church college-Henry Lindell.She and her two sisters have a close relationship with Dodgson (the book's writer) who tend to be the Math lecturer there.

The story began when all of them rowed in a boat at River Thames.To make the girls cheer up in the journey, Dodgson create a story about a young girl who fell in the rabbit hole.Alice Lindell love it and ask Dodgson to write the manuscript of the story.

It took two year later when Dodson finally feel bored with the job and took seriously on the manuscript. He added a new character and fantasy to make the story more interesting.The imagination is came from the Oxford and people around Alice itself.

For example, the version of White Rbbit wear a formal dress code is Alice father. The white rabbit always look at the watch as it always five minutes late-same as Alice fathers. While Dodo-the bird character is from Dodgson name-Do-do-Dodgson.

The door on the left side of the high table in the dining hall leads to a very streep staircase is sid to be a version of 'rabbit hole' that Alice fall down.

There’s a little door underneath a large tree. The door is the one that Alice goes through after growing and shrinking (and the door that Alice’s father-the white rabbit-went through everyday while checking his watch because he was always late), and the chestnut tree is the one the Cheshire Cat is seen grinning from.
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As Dodgson is a Math lecturer, he tend to use the logic in the story.

In chapter 1, "Down the Rabbit-Hole", in the midst of shrinking, Alice waxes philosophic concerning what final size she will end up as, perhaps "going out altogether, like a candle."; this pondering reflects the concept of a limit.
In chapter 2, "The Pool of Tears", Alice tries to perform multiplication but produces some odd results: "Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is—oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!" This explores the representation of numbers using different bases and positional numeral systems: 4 x 5 = 12 in base 18 notation, 4 x 6 = 13 in base 21 notation, and 4 x 7 could be 14 in base 24 notation. Continuing this sequence, going up three bases each time, the result will continue to be less than 20 in the corresponding base notation. (After 19 the product would be 1A, then 1B, 1C, 1D, and so on.)
In chapter 5, "Advice from a Caterpillar", the Pigeon asserts that little girls are some kind of serpent, for both little girls and serpents eat eggs. This general concept of abstraction occurs widely in many fields of science; an example in mathematics of employing this reasoning would be in the substitution of variables.
In chapter 7, "A Mad Tea-Party", the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Dormouse give several examples in which the semantic value of a sentence A is not the same value of the converse of A (for example, "Why, you might just as well say that 'I see what I eat' is the same thing as 'I eat what I see'!"); in logic and mathematics, this is discussing an inverse relationship.
Also in chapter 7, Alice ponders what it means when the changing of seats around the circular table places them back at the beginning. This is an observation of addition on the ring of integers modulo N.

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Honestly, I had watched the latest Alice in Wonderland movie-and it's kinda boring for me. But after googling all about Alice in Wonderland, i realise that it is just not about a little girl fantasy..it is also about modern Math, human behaviour and polic hipocracy (refer to the Queen).And I am looking forward for the book now.Not the 10 pages of tiny book with many colourful character in it. But the real one...

1 comment:

Shahana said...

Nice to know about dress code info.