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MILWAUKEE -- Twenty-five years after its publication, an article by mathematics historian Helena Pycior is finding new life in the publicity surrounding a British doctoral student's work on a similar topic - and a new Hollywood blockbuster.
In 1984, Professor Helena Pycior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) wrote a paper that was published in the journal Victorian Studies, linking Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" stories and the evolving field of Victorian algebra.
Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford, when he wrote the "Alice" stories for the children of a friend.
"The idea for my paper …