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Knots and Borromean Rings, Rep-Tiles, and Eight Queens
Martin Gardner's Unexpected Hanging

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Part of The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521758710

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  • The hangman’s paradox, cat’s cradle, gambling, peg solitaire, pi and e. All these and more are back, in Martin Gardner’s inimitable style, with updates on new developments and discoveries. Read about how knots and molecules are related, take a trip into the fourth dimension, try out new dissections of stars, crosses and polygons, and challenge yourself with new twists on classic games.

    • Contains extensive updated material by Gardner not found in any other editions of these books, plus new bibliographies
    • The first complete collection of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Library which encompasses the entire twenty-five-year run of his Scientific American columns
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Martin Gardner's fifteen volumes about mathematical games are the Canon – timeless classics that are always worth reading and rereading.' Don Knuth

    'Gardner is a model teacher of mathematics, pushing others to take interesting side explorations, solve challenging problems, and enjoy the beauty of mathematics. This reviewer applauds the republication of his genius in 'The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library' series, complete with revised explanations, new insights, up-to-date reference links, and brief surveys of recent discoveries … it is worth getting the new editions and sharing these new gems!' J. Johnson, Choice

    'I recommend you approach this book on a Sunday afternoon, with paper and pen, a few biscuits for brain-power and a good hour to spare for puzzling. It is worth it.' Charlotte Mulcare, + plus Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521758710
    • length: 288 pages
    • copublisher: Mathematical Association of America
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 137 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 in the plane
    20. Thirty-seven catch questions.

  • Author

    Martin Gardner
    For twenty-five years, Martin Gardner wrote 'Mathematical Games and Recreations', a monthly column for Scientific American magazine. These columns have inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to delve more deeply into the large world of mathematics. He also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print, and wrote a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine from 1983 to 2002. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies.

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