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The Numerology of Dr. Matrix

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Selections from his Scientific American "Mathematical Games" column originally published from 1960 to 1967.
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published 1967 by Simon and Schuster
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Denabler
May 16, 2014 Denabler is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Mathematics and humour in the past have never to be seen mingling together... After I got introduced to Martin gardner through chance download over Thepiratebay, views, directions and perception on the whole changed.

Gardner is a man of information, after Dr. Doyle I find Gardner very interesting and humourous too. Give the book a read, you will find it pleasurable.
Michael
Aug 31, 2016 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been working my way through Martin Gardner's books, and this one was quite disappointing. There was none of the math and few of the puzzles of his other books.

This book was actually about numerology. Sure, there is a very dry veneer of satire, but his own footnotes relate the large number of readers who actually took it seriously.

As numerology is the opposite of numeracy, so my rating of this book must be the opposite of those for his other books.
Jim Razinha
Oct 20, 2013 Jim Razinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of number and word problems in vintage Gardner vein. I imagine some never realized he was playing, as I've seen the Kennedy-Lincoln bit for many years. And I've never stopped wondering how he had access to so much obscure information...and his analyses of the Bible - pre-computer database search days - are amazing.
Eddie
May 24, 2016 Eddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by my middle school mathematics teachers. Sorry, don't remember much about it -- other than I liked it. Just going through old books...
Sergio Mira Jordán
Problemas matemáticos de (en ocasiones) muy difícil solución, sobre todo para el no versado. Sin embargo, el libro (un conjunto de artículos) no desfallece en ningún momento.
Edmark
Dec 21, 2014 Edmark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting book which is unsurprising since it is Gardner's work. You don't have to be a math genius to be able to enjoy this book.
Soren
Jan 03, 2009 Soren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only a fun trip through numerology, but, provided me with a killer move which led to many a chess victory over unwitting opponents!
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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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