A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robert H. van Gent
Date: 2019 Mar 29, 09:45 +0000
This recent posting on arXiv.org may be of interest to some on this list:
Sarah Hart: Ahab's Arithmetic; or, the mathematics of Moby-Dick
Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick contains a surprising number of mathematical allusions. In this article we explore some of these, as well as discussing the questions that naturally follow: why did Melville choose to use so much mathematical imagery? How did Melville come to acquire the level of mathematical knowledge shown in the novel? And is it commensurate with the general level of mathematical literacy at that time?