Seasoned with Gardner's interest in the history and philosophy of science, this delightful book is a treasure-trove of puzzles, anecdotes, games, and logical theory. These intriguing problems, collected from Gardner's Scientific American columns, involve knots, interlocking rings, rotations and reflections, logical paradox, two-dimensional universes, chess strategies, and gambling odds.
"Gardner conjures problems that are both profound and silly; exquisite truths and outrageous absurdities; paradoxes, anagrams, palindromes and party tricks. . . . He knows, better than most, how many amazing true things there are in the world."-- Newsweek
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Martin Gardner is an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, pseudoscience, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and he has published over 70 books.
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Book Description University of Chicago Press, 1991. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Note to the 1991 Edition 1. The Paradox of the Unexpected Hanging 2. Knots and Borromean Rings 3. The Transcendental Number e 4. Geometric Dissections 5. Scarne on Gambling 6. The Church of the Fourth Dimension 7. Eight Problems 8. A Matchbox Game-Learning Machine 9. Spirals 10. Rotations and Reflections 11. Peg Solitaire 12. Flatlands 13. Chicago Magic Convention 14. Tests of Divisibility 15. Nine Problems 16. The Eight Queens and Other Chessboard Diversions 17. A Loop of String 18. Curves of Constant Width 19. Rep-Tiles: Replicating Figures on the Plane 20. Thirty-Seven Catch Questions Afterword Bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0226282562
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