One of my most favorite children’s books of all time was Norton Juster’s The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (of course his The Phantom Tollbooth wasn’t bad either). A wonderfully quirky story about a straight line who falls head-over-heels in love with a red dot (who is seriously hung up on kind of an asshole line who doesn’t treat her right).
From the gorgeous artwork, to the completely unique way that Juster incorporated mathematics into a love story, everything about the book was simply magical (not to mention a wonderful introduction to philosophy as well).
But what makes this book even more interesting (besides all the incredibly awesome stuff packed into it) is that in 1965 The Dot and the Line was turned into an Oscar-winning short by the incomparable Chuck Jones, giving those kids who never knew the book existed a chance to see it come alive…and oh, how it came alive.
So check out one of the best mathematical love stories to have ever been written (and animated) after the break, and, like the last line of the book says:
Source: Brain Pickings