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Puzzlers' Tribute: A Feast for the Mindby Tom Rodgers
Synopses & Reviews
Puzzle aficionados and magicians are experts in the unsolvable, the undoable, and the unbelievable. Their currency is paradox. Martin Gardner stands at the nexus of their worlds — the worlds of magic, mathematics, and puzzles — and this collection brings together offerings in tribute to him. The breadth of the contributions in form and content, ranging from puzzles to poems, from brainteasers to brief biographical accounts of the greatest puzzler of all, is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers and the admirers of Martin Gardner.
Book News Annotation:
The door to enlightenment is bewilderment, and the key is paradox. Such is the mantra of the latest collection of essays, some 80 of them, presented at the second through fourth irregular conclaves, Gathering for Gardner, at which mathematicians, magicians, and puzzlists honor Martin Gardner, their high priest. Much of the material is anecdotal about their craft, but of course many puzzles find their way in, not all of which require mathematical or logical adeptness. Each includes a bibliography, but there is no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This second collection of interesting mathematical puzzles continues the tribute to Martin Gardner, who has provided us with original puzzles and puzzling stories ever since he created and produced the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American. The international community of puzzle enthusiasts has gathered once again to celebrate Martin Gardner's continued contribution and, most fittingly, has done so in kind, by providing new challenges to our inquiring minds. We proudly present this collection to the mathemagicians of the world for their enjoyment, as a playful provocation.
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