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The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystifications

Gardner, Martin

ISBN 10: 0387258272 / 0-387-25827-2
ISBN 13: 9780387258270
Publisher: Copernicus
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Softcover
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Of all of Martin Gardners writings, none gained him a wider audience or was more central to his reputation than his Mathematical Recreations column in Scientific American - which virtually defined the genre of popular mathematics writing for a generation. Flatland, Hydras and Eggs: Mathematical Mystifications is the final collection of these columns, covering the period roughly from 1979 to Gardners retirement in 1986. As always in his published collections, Gardner includes letters commenting on the ideas presented in his articles. These columns show him at the top of his form and should not be missed by anyone with an interest in mathematics.

Review:
The Last Recreations collects the final works of Martin Gardner, the renowned "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American. No prior knowledge of mathematics are necessary here; all will enjoy learning about topics ranging from Bulgarian solitaire to taxicab geometry, with experienced expositor Gardner as guide. Letters and updates concerning his column are also included in this book.

About the Author:
In more than three decades as the author of the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American (for years the magazine's most popular feature), Martin Gardner reinvented the genre of mathematical recreations. His many books on the subject include Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments, Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers, Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments, The Ambidextrous Universe and The New Ambidextrous Universe, and Fractal Music, Hypercards and More. Gardner has also published several books on Lewis Carroll, including The Annotated Alice, More Annotated Alice, an annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Universe in a Handkerchief, on Carroll's recreational mathematics and word games. His other interests include stage magic and the debunking of claims of paranormal phenomena. A collection of Gardner's non-mathematical essays, The Night Is Large, was published in 1996. He lives in North Carolina.

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