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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. By: Shakayla Lambert Algebra II P.10. Charles Dodgson’s Background. He’s also known as Lewis Carroll Born: January 27, 1832 Died: January 14, 1898 Birthplace: Cheshire, England, UK

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charles lutwidge dodgson

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

By: Shakayla Lambert

Algebra II


charles dodgson s background
Charles Dodgson’s Background
  • He’s also known as Lewis Carroll
  • Born: January 27, 1832
  • Died: January 14, 1898
  • Birthplace: Cheshire, England, UK
  • Dodgson was the eldest son and third child in a family of seven girls and four boys. His dad was a Reverend in a church.
  • The Dodgson lived in a isolated country village. He mostly played with his brothers and sisters and created games for his whole family to play.
  • He was ordained as a deacon in the Church of England.
  • He is best known for writing “Alice in Wonderland.” Nonetheless, many don’t‘ realize that he was an accomplished mathematician.
  • When he was in elementary and middle school he was bullied. He didn’t have many friends because he was shy. Dodgson endured several illness as a child, one of which left him deaf in one year.
  • Dodgson attended at Church Christ College in Oxford, England.
  • He excelled in his mathematical and classical studies while he was in college.
  • Dodgson was nominated to a studentship, which is a scholarship that rewards you for getting good grades in school.
  • While at Church Christ College, he was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics.
mathematical contributions
Mathematical Contributions
  • Dodgson worked in the fields of geometry, matrix algebra and mathematical logic.
  • Dodgson published many math books, which include: A Syllabus of Plane Algebraical Geometry (1860), The Formulae of Plane Trigonometry (1861), and Examples in Arithmetic (1874).
  • He also wrote a popular mathematics book known as the “Pillow Problems”- was a workbook and people would have to think about the problems as they were sleeping.
  • Dodgson developed new ideas in the study of elections and committees.
  • Charles Dodgson published pamphlets on voting theory.
equations and examples
Equations and Examples
  • These are examples from the “Pillow Problems”:
  • Prove to be the sum of 2 different squares, multiplied by the sum of 2 different squares, gives the sum of squares in 2 different ways (x^2+y^2)(u^2+v^2)=(xu ± yv)^2+(xu ± yv)^2.
  • If a, b be to two numbers prime to each, a value may be found for n which all make (a-1) a multiple of b.
  • If an infinite number of rods be broken: find the chance that at least one of them is broken in the middle.
how dodgson s accomplishments are used today in the real world
How Dodgson’s accomplishments are used today in the real world?
  • In the world of today Dodgson’s contributions in the field of voting theory are used by people who study elections.
  • Even though Dodgson wrote a lot of books about elections, his most important ones are “Parliamentary Elections” and “The Principles of Parliamentary Representation.”
  • The principles in these books are used in Europe and other places that have parliamentary systems of government.
was charles dodgson a great mathematician or i s he overrated
Was Charles Dodgson a great mathematician or is he overrated?
  • I believe that Charles Dodgson was a great mathematician because he made a lot of contributions of mathematics and politics. Dodgson was not only a mathematician but he was a photographer and novelist, which I think is pretty awesome. He created a whole book of problems that I haven’t learned to solve yet.
  • Name another mathematician that lives in Cheshire, England.
  • Alan Turing was an English mathematician and computer scientist.
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  • “Lewis Carroll.” Wikipedia. 2010. Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. 04 Sep. 2010 <\wiki/Charles_Lutwidge_Dodgson#Mathematical_work>.
  • “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.” School of Mathematics and Statistics. November 2002. 04 September 2010. <>.