Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass
Notes from Xah Lee
Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass is written by a mathematician Lewis Carroll, in 1865. Its sequel Through The Looking Glass, is written in 1871.
The text source of Alice In Wonderland is based on alice30h.htm of
gutenberg.org, retrieved on 2005-11. The text source of Through The Looking Glass is based on
, retrieved on 2006-02. The HTML has been completely redone for both.
The central attraction of Alice to me, besides the math and logic allusions, is that Alice the character, to me represents the epitome of logical positivism attitude and personality. Logical positivism is my philosophy, introduced to me and influenced me by my favorite author Bertrand Russell.
Logical Positivism in philosophy context can be quite technical and mean slightly different things, but to me, it is mostly a combination of empiricism, rationalism, utilitarianism, with emphasis of logic and a positive attitude.
If you are looking for a printed book, i recommend: The Annotated Alice, by Martin Gardner (1914 – 2010). Buy at amazon.
There are several film adoptions of Alice. Though, i think they are all lousy. The latest, from Disney Buy at amazon , directed by Tim Burton, is also lame. It lacks any wonders of wonderland, nor allusions, nor the essential logical positivism spirit of Alice the character.
There are lots alice movies, comics, toys, etc you can buy. See Alice