# Alice in Wonderland

Greg Harris

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posted 12 years ago

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i am sure many of you know these already, but i thought it would be fun to look at again.

i have to read Alice in Wonderland for a mathematics course (real analysis). there are numerous logical and mathematical puzzles in the story... most of which seem like nonsense to the typical reader.

here is a simple one - feel free to post more if you know one.

Q. How can you arrange 10 cakes in 5 rows with 4 cakes in each row?

[ August 19, 2003: Message edited by: Greg Harris ]

i have to read Alice in Wonderland for a mathematics course (real analysis). there are numerous logical and mathematical puzzles in the story... most of which seem like nonsense to the typical reader.

here is a simple one - feel free to post more if you know one.

Q. How can you arrange 10 cakes in 5 rows with 4 cakes in each row?

[ August 19, 2003: Message edited by: Greg Harris ]

what?

Greg Harris

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Greg Harris

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okay... here is a good one.

that sounds like complete nonsense... but the math is actually correct! so, the question is:

Q. what is 4*7 using this logic?

**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!**that sounds like complete nonsense... but the math is actually correct! so, the question is:

Q. what is 4*7 using this logic?

what?

Mark Herschberg

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If you like that then you should read Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. This was practically required reading at MIT during the 80s.

--Mark

--Mark

Greg Harris

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