Posts Tagged ‘Edward Wakeling

04
Oct
12

Alice in Escherland

Alice in Escherland incorporating Funmaths: Celebrating the Worlds of Lewis Carroll and M.C. Escher. Jointly written calendar for 1998- by John Bibby, John Sharp and Edward Wakeling.

QED Publications, 1998

ISBN: 1858530261

Edward Wakeling is a former chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society. His interest in Lewis Carroll apparently began in 1975 when he attended an exhibition at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire organized by the Lewis Carroll Society. This started an interest in collecting Lewis Carroll’s works, and he now owns one of the finest collections of Carroll material in private hands. (I’m planning on rivalling him eventually ;) )

1998 marked both the centenary of Dodgson’s death and of Escher’s birth this calendar explores the life and works of them both, with important dates highlighted, and lots of puzzles and games.

There’s a page exploring Dodgson’s interest in the number 42 (said to be the reason that Douglas Adams chose it as the ‘answer’ in the Hitchhiker series).

There are also pages on Alice in Flatland, Escher and Möbius Bands, Morphing and Golden Rectangles.

Out of print, but occasionally available on Amazon: Alice in Escherland

28
Dec
11

Alice’s Adventures in Curriculum Land

Alice’s Adventures in Curriculum Land by Edward Wakeling

Published by Bedfordshire Education Service, 1990

The book is a collection of photocopy-able sheets for use in classrooms- word games, crossword puzzles, logic problems, poems, art and design- loads of topics all explained by or using concepts from the Alice books.

The introductory page quotes the Mock Turtle explaining his schooling to Alice:

‘When we were little,’ the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, ‘we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle — we used to call him Tortoise — ‘

‘Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?’ Alice asked.

‘We called him Tortoise because he taught us,’ said the Mock Turtle angrily: ‘really you are very dull!’

‘You ought to be ashamed of yourself for asking such a simple question,’ added the Gryphon; and then they both sat silent and looked at poor Alice, who felt ready to sink into the earth.

Written to support an exhibition of some sort- I don’t know where or exactly what of…

Wakeling is a prolific Carrollian and ex-chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society (1982-1985).

I can’t find another copy of this on-line, but you can get Wakeling’s other books on Amazon: Wakeling

24
May
11

Alice in I. D. 25

Alice in I. D. 25: A Code-breaking Parody of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Frank Birch with Dilly Knox.

Illustrations by G.P. Mackeson

Private publication (Aznet Publishing), August 2007.

With introductions by Edward Wakeling and Mavis Batey.

This is a reprint of a suppressed parody/pantomime of Alice which was first performed in 1918. It parodies intelligence and code-breaking during World War One. The author suppressed publication, fearing that the secret identity of members of the Admiralty cryptography team might be compromised if the book did come to light.

The ID 25 of the title is the Naval Intelligence Division section 25, also known as Room 40.

ISBN: 978 1 904733 04 0

Francis Lyall (Frank) Birch 1889 – 1956 was a British cryptographer, educated at Eton and King’s College, Cambridge. He joined the NID in 1916.

During WWII, he worked at Bletchley Park, and became Head of the (German) Naval Section.

Alfred Dillwyn ‘Dilly’ Knox CMG (1884 –1943) was also a British codebreaker and member of the Room 40 unit. Later, at Bletchley Park he worked on the cryptanalysis of Enigma ciphers until his death from lymphoma in 1943.

Mavis Batey (born 1921) was another Bletchley Enigma codebreaker.

Edward Wakeling is a former teacher, school inspector and chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society.

There’s also a Jabberwocky parody by Dilly Knox written about the Hut 6 mathematicians in WWII:

Twas Hutsix and the wranglercoves

Did twist and twiddle at the CYC;

All grimst were the Jeffreybrows,

And the Babbage outschreik.

Bought from Bletchley Park- well worth visiting.




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