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Oxford FiguresEight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences$
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John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001

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Charles Dodgson

Charles Dodgson

(p.257) Chapter 12 Charles Dodgson
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Robin Wilson

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Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) spent his entire adult life at Christ Church, occupying the position of Lecturer in Mathematics for twenty-five years. He was an expert on, and enthusiast for, the teaching of geometry via Euclid’s Elements, and contributed to the theory of determinants and the study of voting patterns. He was also interested in syllogistic logic, producing his own versatile form of ‘Venn diagram’, and two of his logical paradoxes have been much admired by mathematical logicians.

Keywords:   19th-century Oxford, Christ Church, Charles Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, Euclidean geometry, determinants, syllogisms and logic

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