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A Tangled Tale

A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll
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Lewis Carroll (1832-1896) is famous for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is less widely known that he worked as a lecturer for mathematics at Christ Church college, Oxford for 27 years. A tangled tale merges his two talents as storyteller and mathematician. It consists of ten short humorous stories which present one or more mathematical problems. The ten knots as they are called, were first published in The Monthly Packet magazine between April 1880 and March 1885, where readers were invited to solve the problems, and the solution was discussed in a later issue.

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Transcriber's note

Minor punctuation errors have been changed without notice. Printer errors have been changed and are listed at the end. All other inconsistencies are as in the original.

In this version the square root symbol is indicated by [ sqrt], the superscript by ^, and the therefore symbol by [ therefore].

A TANGLED TALE

[Decoration]

[Illustration: "AT A PACE OF SIX MILES IN THE HOUR."

Frontispiece. ]

A TANGLED TALE

BY

LEWIS CARROLL

WITH SIX ILLUSTRATIONS

BY

ARTHUR B. FROST

Hoc meum tale quale est accipe.

SECOND THOUSAND.

London MACMILLAN AND CO. 1885

[ All Rights Reserved ]

RICHARD CLAY & SONS, BREAD STREET HILL, LONDON, E.C.

And Bungay, Suffolk .

To My Pupil.

Beloved pupil! Tamed by thee, Addish , Subtrac , Multiplica tion, Division, Fractions, Rule of Three, Attest thy deft manipulation!

Then onward! Let the voice of Fame From Age to Age repeat thy story, Till thou hast won thyself a name Exceeding even Euclid's glory!

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