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Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Cipers: And the Return of Dr. Matrix

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Publisher Comments:

Here is another collection drawn from Martin Gardner's 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific American. Each chapter explores a different theme, for example fractals, surreal numbers, the sculptures of Berrocal, tiling the plane, Ramsey theory and code breaking, all combining to create a rich diet of recreational mathematics. Most chapters can be readily understood by the uninitiated: at each turn there are challenges for the reader and a wealth of references for further reading. Gardner's clarity of style and ability systematically to simplify the complex make this an excellent vehicle in which to start or continue an interest in recreational mathematics.

Book News Annotation:

A reissue of the 1989 edition with a new bibliography, corrections to the previous edition, and a postscript from the author. Assembles a collection of the author's "Mathematical Games" columns from Scientific American that include many of the problems, puzzles, and paradoxes that have earned him a reputation as a master mathematical magician. Includes chapters on Conway's surreal numbers, Mandelbrot's fractals, and Smullyan's logic puzzles, as well as puzzlers dealing with hyperbolas, negative numbers, pool-ball triangles, and Penrose tiles and trapdoor ciphers.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Another superb collection of articles from Martin Gardner, the king of recreational mathematics.

Synopsis:

Another superb collection of articles from Martin Gardner, the king of recreational mathematics.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Penrose tiling; 2. Penrose tiling II; 3. Mandelbrot's fractals; 4. Conway's surreal numbers; 5. Back from the Klondike and other problems; 6. The Oulip; 7. The Oulip II; 8. Wythoff's Nim; 9. Pool-ball triangles and other problems; 10. Mathematical induction and colored hats; 11. Negative numbers; 12. Cutting shapes into N congruent parts; 13. Trapdoor ciphers; 14. Trapdoor ciphers II; 15. Hyperbolas; 16. The new Eleusis; 17. Ramsey theory; 18. From burrs to Berrocal; 19. Sicherman dice, the Kruskal count and other curiosities; 20. Raymond Smullyan's logic puzzles; 21. The return of Dr. Matrix.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780883855218
Subtitle:
And the Return of Dr Matrix
Author:
Gardner, Martin
Author:
Watkins, William
Publisher:
The Mathematical Association of America
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Recreations & Games
Subject:
Mathematical recreations
Subject:
General Mathematics
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
MAA spectrum
Series Volume:
no. 33
Publication Date:
19970724
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
157 line diagrams
Pages:
329
Dimensions:
9.14x6.08x.67 in. 1.04 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Another superb collection of articles from Martin Gardner, the king of recreational mathematics.
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