Mathematics and Humour.

116 pages

English language

Published Dec. 19, 1982 by University of Chicago Press.

ISBN:
978-0-226-65025-8
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Very short; more an essay than a book. It's a strong and powerful essay, an attempt to model humor mathematically. It does this through the tools of catastrophe theory (which I'd never heard of, but Paulos does a great job of explaining it) and brings together modern topology with the classic literary analyses of humor to provide a compelling baseline for future mathematical/comedic study. I know I must be making this sound terribly dull, but it was actually riveting. Paulos wrote the fantastic Innumeracy several years after he wrote this, and I really think he should hit the talk show circuit; he may be able to help break people of their fear of math.