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Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries?

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s/t: Discourses on Godel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics
"In these essays, many of which originally appeared in The Skeptical Inquirer, Scientific American, and the Los Angeles Times, Gardner spans the realms of science and mathematics, literature, philosophy, religion, and mysticism. He examines influential scien
Published July 16th 2003 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 2003)
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Apr 28, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Some of the essays in this book are quite interesting; for example, an essay about the possibility of multiple universes, and another about the direction of time. But the vast majority of the essays are boring. They just seem--irrelevant. Perhaps they would be interesting to someone who lived 50 or 100 years ago. Not just one, but two essays about a little-known novel, The Green Archer. An essay about Ernest Hemingway (my least favorite American author) and his lover, Jane Kendall. An entire sec ...more
May 14, 2009 Guy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently no-one is looking out for Martin Gardner's reputation as he gets older: someone should have stopped him from publishing this book. Gardner was for decades a brilliant and incisive thinker, but as happens to us all (or almost all) he has declined in old age. This is a poorly edited, rambling, and largely uninteresting collection of odds and ends about science, philosophy, literature and pseudoscience that should never have seen the light of day. Don't bother.
Dale Houston
nothing at all like i wanted it to be, this book is a collection of essays. i have a hard time getting past this format. I hate "essays" as a form of writing - they feel the need to be clever quickly and make each point as important as the last. But in this particular case, I just don't remember what was written. Nothing is jogged by looking at the cover. Therefore, I have to give this book poor marks. Anyhting this unstriking can't be worthwhile.
Jan 19, 2014 Sameer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of essays with little or no coherence.
John Devlin
A fun read full of math and physics conjecture delivered by a fellow who can make the subject at least partially understandable.
Sep 08, 2009 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Gardner is always good to read. Part I in this book on science is one of his best.
Tonjia Atomic
I learned that Universes are, indeed, thicker than blackberries.
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Not as captivating as I had hoped.
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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