Book two of Fantasy and Science Fiction was the pair of Alice novels: Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My essay and peer comments are here and again, I generally agree with the comments. In the essay, I try to make an observation about the logic that Dodgson uses in the books.
Namely, I used a construction of logical implication, , (I really like WordPress’ inline ). So, in the essay I compare the implication, false implies true (which is a true) statement, with the stories in Alice. One of the students, who said he was a mathematician disagreed with that comment, and after review, I still think I was right 🙂
Taking the example from this great reference (pages 8-9), the statement, “If pigs can fly, then you can understand the Chebyshev bound,” is true. Here we have where “if pigs can fly” and “then you can understand the Chebyshev bound.” Which is the case, .
The converse, (as I mention in the essay), is not true, that is: “if you can understand the Chebyshev bound, then pigs can fly.” ().
I’ll give the reviewer credit in that my argument is not strongly made and is confusing. With a word limit of 320, it’s a challenge to capture a succinct idea, more so than one may think. I’m still enjoying the class and as you can tell from the comments, peer reviewers put significant time into the remarks, which I greatly appreciate (even if I disagree).
Unfortunately, I missed my Dracula submission, but I’m nearly finished with Frankenstein and I have some ideas tossing around, so I should be back on track soon!