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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  1 review
s/t: More games, puzzles, paradoxes & other mathematical entertainments from Scientific American : with thoughts from readers, afterthoughts ... from the author, and 105 drawings & diagrams
The twenty chapters of this book are nicely balanced between all sorts of stimulating ideas, suggested by down-to-earth objects like match sticks and dollar bills as well as by f
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 28th 1981 by Vintage Books USA (first published 1968)
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I gave this book 5 stars because it began my life long passion for maths. Before I read this (around age 12) I thought maths consisted basically of dry mechanical problems. This was the first book that gave me an idea of the creativity and scope of mathematics.
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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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