Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and What the Tortoise Said to Achilles and Other Riddles

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and What the Tortoise Said to Achilles and Other Riddles

by Lewis Carroll

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Overview

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) is a novel that tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is filled with allusions to Dodgson's friends. The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the most characteristic examples of the genre of literary nonsense, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, mainly in the fantasy genre. The second part of this books contains Lewis Carroll's short dialogue "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles" (1895) playfully questions the principles of logic. Problems arise and branch out from Zeno's paradox that begins with Achilles attempting to pass the tortoise in the race, but ultimately failing to do so through the tortoise's clever arguments. This is an entertaining tale of the ultimate race that cannot be completed using the foundations of logic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780882408712
Publisher: West Margin Press
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 643 KB
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

Lewis Carroll was the pen name for author and Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898). He was also a English logician and photographer.

Date of Birth:

January 27, 1832

Date of Death:

January 14, 1898

Place of Birth:

Daresbury, Cheshire, England

Place of Death:

Guildford, Surrey, England

Education:

Richmond School, Christ Church College, Oxford University, B.A., 1854; M.A., 1857

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