Abstract / Synopsis
This article aims to introduce the reader to a book published in 2016 under the title “Amazing Tales from the Magic Wood and Famous Problems of Mathematics” by Elli Shor and Clara Ziskin. The book offers an original method of presenting mathematical facts and history through a fantasy narrative. The book’s two authors, Clara Ziskin and Alla Shmukler (Elli Shor), together with consultant psychologist Esther Williams, share here several excerpts taken from the first part of the book as well as related illustrations and mathematical riddles, so that the reader can form an informed impression of the book, its structure, and its nature.
Ziskin, C. Williams, E. and Shmukler, A. "Fantasy at the Service of Mathematics," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 11 Issue 2 (July 2021), pages 359-373. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202102.20 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol11/iss2/20