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This is the second book of Martin Gardner's incomparable mathematical entertainments, collected - with new material added - from his monthly columns in Scientific American magazine. From the Mathematics of Cooling Coffee to the new Induction Game of Eleusis (play it with a standard deck of card and you become a scientist outguessing the universe), here is a variety of diversions to charm both layman and mathematician. Turn Flexatubes inside out. Divert yourself with Digital Roots. Perform Topological Magic (with pencil, shoelace, and soda straw). Find your way through the Hampton Court maze - or any maze, in person or on paper. Solve the new Smith-Jones-Robinson problems and experience the triumphs of the logician. Discover how "humanity, bracing itself for the shock of finding life on other planets" might draw comfort from the properties of Platonic Solids. Open the book at any chapter and find an entrancing pastime, wonderful reading, and invaluable insights into modern mathematical thinking.
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