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 http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/c/carroll/lewis/looking/index.html , 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:

Annotated Alice Martin Gardner Z6r6V
The Annotated Alice, by Martin Gardner (1914 to 2010). Buy at amazon.

There are several film adoptions of Alice. Though, i think they are all lousy. The latest, from Disney Alice in Wonderland (2010) 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

Wonderland Alice Art Gallery

Wonderland Alice Art Gallery

Alice in Wonderland

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Art Gallery

Wonderland Alice Art Gallery