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Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes & the Tower of Hanoi (New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library)

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Martin Gardner's First Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Games
Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi is the inaugural volume in The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library series. Based off of Gardener's enormously popular Scientific American columns, his puzzles and challenges can now fascinate a whole new generation! Paradoxes and paper-folding, Moeb
Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Cambridge University Press
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Aug 20, 2013 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Math Teachers, Mathphiles
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What an incredible collection of mathematical brain candy. I discovered hexaflexagons from YouTube user ViHart this past school year. I showed the videos to my math classes, and they were hooked. Getting to read the original essay that introduced hexaflexagons to the general public was a joy. There is so much material in this little volume (quite a bit of it genuinely challenging for me, and my degree is in mathematics!) that I'm sure I will return to it again and again.
I made the dumb mistake of starting to read this book on the train on my way to work.
Rule number one: Do not open this book unless you have access to paper, pencils, a ruler and a flat surface. This book requires three-dimensional aides.
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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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