The Great Lakes Geek has always been a fan of Alice in Wonderland  but maybe for different reasons than most. In college I was exposed to the mathematics of Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the LookingGlass are loaded with logical puzzles. So are the the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky." Dodgson was a pretty good mathematician, and not just in logic. He also did good work in geometry and matrix algebra. Other Geeks have created their own versions of Jabberwocky. Check them out.
Euclidean Geometry Jabberwocky
Wockyjabber (Integral Solving)
The Derivative Jabberwocky
ARPAwocky (The ARPANET)
Viruwormy (Internet Worm)
Jargontalk (Hackerspeak)
CWocky (C Programming)
Joystick Jabberwocky (Nintendo Games)
Plain Geometry
Emma Rounds 'Twas Euclid and the theorem pi Did plane and solid in the text, All parallel were the radii, And the anggulls convex'd.
"Beware the WentworthSmith, my son, And the Loci that vacillate; Beware the Axiom, and shun The faithless Postulate."
He took his Waterman in hand; Long time the proper proof he sought; Then rested he by the XYZ And sat awhile in thought.
And as in inverse thought he sat A brilliant proof, in lines of flame, All neat and trim, it came to him. Tangenting as it came.
"AB, CD," reflected he The Waterman went snickersnack He Q. E. D.d, and, proud indeed, He trapezoided back.
"And hast thou proved the 29th? Come to my arms, my radius boy! Oh good for you! O one point two!" He rhombused in his joy.
'Twas Euclid and the theorem pi Did plane and solid in the text, All parallel were the radii, And the anggulls convex'd.
Rounds, Emma, "Plain Geometry". In Creative Youth, Hughes Mearns, © 1925 by Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York.
Also in Fantasia Mathematica
Wockyjabber
Hilbert Schenck, Jr. 'Twas finite, and the polar cusp, Orthogonal to the secant lay. The semitacnode operates on The Gudermanian of A.
"Beware the integral, my son, With shape of nonsymmetric bell, Beware old Van der Pol, and shun The curious vector del."
He took his program in his hand. Long hours the real root he sought. Then rested by the storage drums, And sat awhile in thought.
And as in tedious thought he sat, The integral without a name, Rose from a skewed, conformal map, Diverging as it came!
Pie, Pie, and x, y, z, The digital went clickyclack. He found the norm in series form, And brought the work sheets back.
"Oh, hast thou solved the integral? Here is a raise, my brainish boy!" He threw his time cards in the air And clapped his hands with joy.
'Twas finite, and the polar cusp, Orthogonal to the secant lay. The semitacnode operates on The Gudermanian of A.
Schenck, Jr., Hilbert, "Wockyjabber". In Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1960. © 1960 Mercury Press, Inc.
Also in The Mathematical Magpie
The Derivative
Francis J Menotti 'Twas boring, and his lofty gaze did nod and waver from its task. Although he had been in a daze, his daydream he did mask.
"Beware derivatives, students! The functions, primes, and asymptotes. Beware all calculus and hence refrain from taking notes."
He took his purple pen in hand, long poem his wand'ring mind did write. So scribbled he his words to be: indeed a worthy sight!
But though a worthy sight it seemed, reality, with wrath unfurled came flailing backits strength redeemed while confidence it hurled.
One, two! One, two! The numbers grew. The purple ink went splittersplat. And through his head, the numbers sped as patiently he sat.
"Well, have you solved the problem yet? Come to the board, you numbersleuth!" Once satisfied, professor sighed, "You're wise despite your youth."
'Twas boring, and his lofty gaze did nod and waver from its task. Although he had been in a daze, his daydream he did mask.
With thanks, apologies, and admiration to Lewis Carroll. I came up with it during my first semester calculus class here at Penn State University. (I was pretty damn bored: easy class.)
ARPAwocky
D. L. Covill Twas brillig, and the Protocols Did USERSERVER in the wabe. All mimsey was the FTP, And the RJE outgrabe,
Beware the ARPANET, my son; The bits that byte, the heads that scratch; Beware the NCP, and shun the frumious system patch,
He took his coding pad in hand; Long time the Echoplex he sought. When his HOSTtoIMP began to limp he stood a while in thought,
And while he stood, in uffish thought, The ARPANET, with IMPish bent, Sent packets through conditioned lines, And checked them as they went,
Onetwo, onetwo, and through and through The IMPtoIMP went ACK and NACK, When the RFNM came, he said "I'm game", And sent the answer back,
Then hast thou joined the ARPANET? Oh come to me, my bankrupt boy! Quick, call the NIC! Send RFCs! He chortled in his joy.
Twas brillig, and the Protocols Did USERSERVER in the wabe. All mimsey was the FTP, And the RJE outgrabe.
Written by D. L. Covill in May 1973. Adapted by R. Merryman very shortly after. Submitted as RFC 527: ARPAWOCKY to the Network Working Group on 22 June 1973.
Viruwormy
Ed Combs 'Twas eunicks and the asky chars Did grepp and skanneff at the nik: All mimdy were the hyperstars, And the rad ravs outsmick.
"Beware the Viruworm, my sun! Let not its bits in temp space get! Guard well the Passpass word, and shun The durbious Internet!"
He put his darpal code in ram: Long time the decson foe he sought So waited he, in the Dirdir tree And slept awhile, swapped out.
And as with hashish dreams he slept, The Viruwormthat spawn from shell Fast fingring through the mayle, it crept, And gettessed from Koornell!
Ping, pong! Ping, pong! And long by long The darpal code went hickerhack! It ran no more, and with its core He went dispiling back.
"And hast thou killed the Viruworm? Nok bless your promms, my sparkish toy! O megga win! Ess are eye! Bee bee enn!" He broadcast in his joy.
'Twas eunicks and the asky chars Did grepp and skanneff at the nik: All mimdy were the hyperstars, And the rad ravs outsmick.
This parody was inspired by the Internet Worm, the virus which made use of the bugs in Un*x's sendmail and finger programs. The virus was written by Cornell grad student Robert Tappan Morris (rtm) and it crashed computer systems all over the U. S. in November 1988.
Jargontalk
Larry Colen Twas Unix and the C++ Did compile and load upon the VAX: All Ritchie was the Kernighan, And LISP ran in GNU EMACS.
"Beware the Jargontalk, my son. The Mac that talks, the dull PC. Beware the Amiga, and shun The voluminous PDP."
He took his listed code in hand: Long time the pointer bug he sought So rested he by the Coke machine, And stood awhile in thought.
And as in nerdish thought he stood, The Jargontalk, with awk and grep, Came geeking through the COBOL wood, And edlin'd as it schlepped.
One two! One two! And through and through! The line printer went click'ty clack! And with a meg of memory dump, He pulled an allnight hack.
"And hast thou slain the Jargontalk? Telnet to me, my nerdish boy! Copyleft GNU! Callooh! Callay!" He deroffed in his joy.
Twas Unix and the C++ Did compile and load upon the VAX: All Ritchie was the Kernighan, And LISP ran in GNU EMACS.
First posted to rec.humor.funny on 5 February 1994.
CWocky
Soh Kam Yung T'was night, and glowing monitors Did illuminate the shade All silent were the printers And the CPUs lay in idle state.
"Beware the C bugs, my son, The dangling else, the unmatched brace. Beware the floundering pointers And shun the nonsense case.
He took his keyboard in hand Long the hidden bugs he sought So looked he at the source code And stared awhile in thought.
And, as in silent thought he stared, The C bugs, with cries of glee, Came crowding into his code And broke it as they came.
Cut! Paste! Cut! Paste! And save and save. His keyboard went clicketyclack. He killed the bugs and with his code He went joyfully back.
"And you have killed the C bugs, my son? Show me the code, my wonderful boy. O beautiful work! Hurrah! Hurray! He laughed in his joy.
T'was night, and glowing monitors Did illuminate the shade All silent were the printers And the CPUs lay in idle state.
Joystick Jabberwocky
Frank Jacobs 'Twas Billy, and the Shyguy Clones Did Grax and Grumple in the Kraid; All Lizzie were the Hanger Zones, And Phanto Renegade.
"Beware the Shadow Boss, my son! The Killer Clams, the Mummy Men! Don't Goombah with a Neul, and shun The Death Breath known as Ken!"
He Holtzed at Zigmos from afar, Dodged Zombie Slime with lightning scroll, While Zelda in her Mamda Jar Made Yuki with a Troll.
And as he Beaked for Pyradoks, The Shadow Boss Twinbellowed through, Backed up by Pengs, Chicago Ox, Twelve Ninjas and McGoo.
Dagoom! Dagoom! Zabs met their doom! And when the final Folfu fell, Lay Bloopered ranks of Battletanks And Mario as well.
"And hast thou zapped the Shadow Boss? Well, spike my Foss! No Sniffit thee! Kello! Kello! O Porcupo!" He Dakkered in his Skree.
'Twas Billy, and the Shyguy Clones Did Grax and Grumple in the Kraid; All Lizzie were the Hanger Zones, And Phanto Renegade.
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