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'Alice in K'zooland' looks at Carroll's math

June 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- How mathematics figures into the children's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" will be the focus of a dramatic piece presented at the Ninth Quadrennial International Conference on Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Algorithms and Applications.

"Alice in K'zooland" will be performed at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium. There is no charge to attend the performance.

Robin J. Wilson, senior lecturer in mathematics at the Open University in Milton Keynes, England, wrote and will direct the play, which highlights the underlying mathematical ideas Lewis Carroll wove into his books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There." Wilson is a renowned graph theorist and author of 13 books on graph theory and combinatorics. Her presentation is supported by Western Michigan University's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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