About borogoves

borogoves - 1 definition - 1. a thin, shabby-looking bird with its feathers sticking out all round 2. something like a live mop.

"The Last Mimzy" is a 2007 movie, loosely based on the 1943 short sci-fi story "Mimsy were the borogoves" that refers to the 1871 poem "Jabberwocky." The poem and the story became strong math social objects. Creativity about "Jabberwocky" relates to abstract poetry structures, mathematics, philosophy, comparative language analysis and other areas, serious or not. "Mimsy were the borogoves" explains that the poem is a communication from the future. Together with some toys from the future, the poem helps two 1940s kids play and create in non-Euclidian geometries and alternative algebras.

Jabberwocky (fragment)

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought...

Mimsy were the borogoves, by Lewis Padgett

Mimsy were the borogoves / Lewis Padgett