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Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments

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From coincidences that seem to violate the laws of time and space, to the perplexities of the rubber rope, to the centuries-old delights of tangram play, the puzzles, problems, and paradoxes presented in Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments reveal just how enlightening and entertaining mathematical recreations can be.
Paperback, 295 pages
Published December 31st 1988 by W.H. Freeman & Company (first published 1987)
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Jim Razinha
Jun 24, 2015 Jim Razinha rated it really liked it
I'm going to count this as part of my Year of Nostalgic Rereads because it contains my favorite Gardner problem that I've been carrying around in my head since 1978 (worm on a rubber rope). Lots of magic squares, cubes, tiles and packing puzzles in this one.
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I did not read but skimmed this book. It requires a little more math background than I have, but discuss some interesting math theories.
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Martin Gardner's books are always worth reading. This is another collection of his columns from Scientific American, covering a wide variety of mathematical amusements. Good stuff.
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Es viejillo y los "bewilderments" ya no son tan "Wild"
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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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