It is one my Mathcad-hobby - to find and solve problems from novels. One of them:
One Problem from the book:
Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas
(see - http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext01/2000010ah.htm )
"Here, Professor Aronnax, are the different dimensions of this boat now transporting you. It's a very long cylinder with conical ends. It noticeably takes the shape of a cigar, a shape already adopted in London for several projects of the same kind...
"These two dimensions allow you to obtain, via a simple calculation, the surface area and volume of the Nautilus. Its surface area totals 1,011.45 square meters, its volume 1,507.2 cubic meters..."