January 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll

A man named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in England on this day in 1832.

Charles Dodgson wasn't all that famous.

He was a logician, mathematician, and photographer, and he wrote A Syllabus of Plane Algebraical Geometry in 1860, which the Science Gnus guy called "excruciatingly dull, fairly derivative, and long forgotten." He tutored math at Oxford University, and he wrote about a dozen more math books--but none of that made him famous.

Instead, the children's books Dodgson wrote under his pen-name, Lewis Carroll, is what made him famous. His books were Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

Celebrate Lewis Carroll's Birthday and Your Un-birthday!

A very merry unbirthday to you, to you!

Have a tea party, watch one of the versions of Alice in Wonderland on DVD, or read one of the Alice books. You could also choose to have a full-scale unbirthday party!

Here is a website with a fun interactive version of the story, and here are more games and curiouser-and-curiouser activities.

Here is a fansite with lots of resources on the Alice books.

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