The Mathematical Magpie

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The Mathematical Magpie
First edition
AuthorClifton Fadiman
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

The Mathematical Magpie is an anthology published in 1962, compiled by Clifton Fadiman as a companion volume to his Fantasia Mathematica (1958).[1] The volume contains stories, cartoons, essays, rhymes, music, anecdotes, aphorisms, and other oddments. Authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and many other renowned figures. A revised edition was issued in 1981 and again in 1997. Although out of print, it is recommended for undergraduate mathematics libraries by the Mathematical Association of America as part of their Basic Library List.[2]


  • "Cartoon" by Abner Dean
  • "Introduction" by Clifton Fadiman

A Set of Imaginaries[edit]

Comic Sections[edit]

Irregular Figures[edit]

Simple Harmonic Motions[edit]

Dividends and Remainders[edit]

This section includes a collection of poems, cartoons, anecdotes, and limericks. The final pages describe Mrs. Miniver's problem.