It’s probably no coincidence that the best of Dorothy L Sayers’ Peter Wimsey novels – Five Red Herrings, The Nine Tailors and Gaudy Night. The Nine Tailors [Dorothy L. Sayers] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Nine Tailors is Dorothy L. Sayers’s finest mystery, featuring Lord. on New Year’s Eve at the start of Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Nine Tailors. Sayers took her title from the number of times a bell will toll to mark.

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Dorothy Leigh Sayers click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author. Contributed by “William E. The plot revolves around the wayers of change ringing, often called “campanology” by non-campanologists. As usual with Sayers, she makes no explanatory concessions to her less-than-completely-educated readers in this case, mostly Americansso see http: Change ringing has an inherent mathematical content.

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

Because of physical limitations and safety precautions, one can only move up or down one bell when ringing, and the art is thus focussed on generating permutations from these interchanges. Playing tunes is simply not done. Sayers refers several times to this mathematical content, including having one character who has written a book on sayegs mathematics of change ringing, and an encryption algorithm based on change ringing permutations.


In addition, most mathematically-minded readers will identity the killer long before Lord Peter figures things out, just by metafictional reasoning. This is deliberate with Sayers, who often scorned the traditional whodunit thrills in favor of writing for the sake of writing. American readers should know that the title comes from an English saying dorkthy tailors make a man”. Its meaning and origin is unknown, but it is usually explained as being based on the traditional nine bells, that is, the nine tollers, rung at a man’s death.

Contributed by Dennis P. Geller Many people would not consider Nine Tailors to be the best Wimsey nover. Everyone I know prefers Gaudy Night — with, perhaps, Have His Carcase’s image of Harriet vane in a claret colored dress a close second.

Contributed by David E. Siegel If this gets in, the fully worked out decryption problem although on more or less the cross-word level in Have His Carcase should probably be included as well. Contributed by Peter M. Adams I am fascinated by your “Mathematical Fiction” web site, which I found by following links concerning change ringing and the book “The Nine Tailors”.


Unfortunately there is a link that doesn’t work [on this page].

It says “see http: Various web pages have the same link but sadly the site itself seems to have vanished. There is some rather unhelpful information on the site at http: This web site looks interesting, but doesn’t mention the “lost” site, http: This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list.

To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage. Spinola by Ernest Bramah.

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