The 2nd Scientific American book of mathematical puzzles & diversions: a new selection. 2 editions
Trains will be missed and sleep will be postponed – whiIe the reader solves the entrancing new puzzles and problems presented here. In, this, his second collection, Martin Gardner offers a new feast of mathematical entertainments to charm both layman and mathematician. Some are easy, some are tough. Some call for scissors and paste. For most the only basic equipment needed is an alert and curious mind. All are connected, via the author’s clear and lively commentaries, to important aspects of mathematical thinking.
Time will vanish as you turn Flexatubes inside out... play Piet Hein’s new game of Soma. . . consider the Mathematics of Cooling Coffee and Slicing Doughnuts. . . find your way through Hampton Court Maze (or any maze, in person or on paper). . . explore, while folding a bird, the mathematics of Origami . . . divert yourself with Digital Roots. . . attack the maddening puzzle of the Monkey and the Coconuts.
Play the new Induction Game of Eleusis  with a standard deck of cards  and you become a scientist outguessing the universe. Solve the new SmithJonesRobinson problems and you experience the triumphs of the logician. An easily learned parlor trick provides an introduction to the concept of Numerical Congruence. And the reader is shown how “humanity, bracing itself for the shock of finding life on other planets,” might draw comfort from the properties of Platonic Solids. Martin Gardner’s “Mathematical Games” Department runs monthly in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN—the magazine of which The New York Times has said “its roster of contributors reads like a Who’s Who of contemporary science.” This book is composed entirely of new games and puzzles that have appeared there since Mr. Gardner’s first collection was published two years ago  and contains additional text and pictures never before in print. A bonanza indeed! Among its many treasures not already itemized: brain teasers (18 of them, neat as epigrams); mind expanders (see the section on Ambiguity and Probability); Topological Magic with pencil, shoelace and soda straw; and a historymaking report on the solution of a classic problem—squaring the square. The final chapter is surely the funniest commentary on numerology ever written. Add it all up  by mental arithmetic or with the help of the smartest of electronic calculators  and this is the total : topflight entertainment, delightful reading, and an invaluable key to the joys of the mathematical process. BOOK JACKET.
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1961, Simon and Schuster
The 2nd Scientific American book of mathematical puzzles & diversions
Hardcover
in English




1987, University of Chicago Press
The 2nd Scientific American book of mathematical puzzles & diversions
in English

University of Chicago Press ed.


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