Today is the birthday of Norton Juster, the author of the side-splittingly hilarious kids book The Phantom Tollbooth.
In the wake of The Phantom Tollbooth‘s success, Juster wrote The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics, which was inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. I just spent several days writing a paper in tribute to my friend and mentor David Neuhouser, who introduced me to Flatland (which I talk about in my new book Reading for the Common Good) and would have loved Juster’s book.
The Dot and the Line was turned into a short film by Chuck Jones, the renowned animator and producer of Looney Tunes, etc. It seems fitting to share this film here today…