Math and Literature Contest 2018
Contest: Literature and Mathematics
Math and Literature Contest 2018(Flyer, pdf file)
Topic: Response to Voltaire’s Micromegas
Prize(s): Impressive award certificate, suitable for citing in your curriculum vita, application for university studies, posting on your refrigerator door.
Criteria: Original, thoughtful, and creative response to or analysis of Voltaire's Micromegas, focusing on the mathematical or philosophical metaphors.
Any genre is acceptable, including an essay, poem, visual creation, fictional extension of Micromegas, or mathematical exposition. Submissions should be five pages or fewer
Contest submissions may be in English or French. Judges are fluent in mathematics.
This contest is open to the public.
If you wish to submit an entry by a team of people, that is fine. Just make that clear.
We will probably award prize(s) in categories of contestants. Therefore, please include a brief description of your mathematical education, e.g., "Completed one year of calculus,” "Mrs. Morton's 6th grade class." If your contest entry uses rather advanced literary/historical analysis please indicate your background such as “I teach AP French literature.”
Deadline: November 5, 2018
Contest Winner: Mark C. Fedota, alumnus of Loyola University Chicago - AB '66 in English Literature and Economics. He is a graduate of Georgetown Law School. Mr. Fedota is a prominent trial laywer, now in semi-retirement.
Winning Essay: Math and Literature Contest 2018 - winning essay
Source for text of Micromegas: