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Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi
Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions

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Part of The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521747011

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  • Packing spheres, Reversi, braids, polyominoes, board games, and the puzzles of Lewis Carroll. These and other mathematical diversions return to readers with updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries. Read about Knuth’s Word Ladders program and the latest developments in the digits of pi. Once again these timeless puzzles will charm readers while demonstrating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other fields of mathematics.

    • Timeless puzzles from the 25 year run of the Scientific American 'Mathematical Games' columns
    • Features extensive updates by Gardner that are not found in any other editions of these books
    • Part of the first complete collection of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Library
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In this collection of 20 reprints of his "Mathematical Games" columns from 1959 and 1961 issues of Scientific American, Gardner shares his delight in recreational math. The renowned mathematics and science writer presents concepts exemplified by board games and puzzles by the author of Alice in Wonderland and others, with solutions, updated information, and references. Among Gardener's many books is The Annotated Alice. Published in association with the Mathematical Association of America."
    Book News

    "While Martin Gardner has always called himself "strictly a journalist," he should really be honored as one of this country's greatest cultural treasures."
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521747011
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 130 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The binary system
    2. Group theory and braids
    3. Eight problems
    4. The games and puzzles of Lewis Carroll
    5. Paper cutting
    6. Board games
    7. Sphere packing
    8. The transcendental number Pi
    9. Victor Eigen, mathemagician
    10. The four-color map theorem
    11. Mr. Apollinax visits New York
    12. Nine problems
    13. Polyominoes and fault-free rectangles
    14. Euler's spoilers: the discovery of an Order-10 Graeco-Latin square
    15. The ellipse
    16. The 24 color squares and the 30 color cubes
    17. H. S. M. Coxeter
    18. Bridg-it and other games
    19. Nine more problems
    20. The calculus of finite differences.

  • Author

    Martin Gardner
    For 25 of his 90 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 has also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He has produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies. He continues to write a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

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