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The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler : A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner - Elwyn R. Berlekamp

The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler

A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner

By: Elwyn R. Berlekamp (Editor), Tom Rodgers (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1998
ISBN: 9781568810751
Number Of Pages: 266

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This volume comprises an imaginative collection of pieces created in tribute to Martin Gardner. Perhaps best known for writing Scientific American's "Mathematical Games" column for years, Gardner used his personal exuberance and fascination with puzzles and magic to entice a wide range of readers into a world of mathematical discovery. This tribute therefore contains pieces as widely varied as Gardner's own interests, ranging from limericks to lengthy treatises, from mathematical journal articles to personal stories. This book makes a charming and unusual addition to any personal library. Selected papers: - The Odyssey of the Figure Eight Puzzle by Stewart Coffin - Block-Packing Jambalaya by Bill Cutler - O'Beirne's Hexiamond by Richard K. Guy - Biblical Ladders by Donald E. Knuth - Three Limericks: On Space, Time and Speed by Tim Rowett.

Even well-known puzzles retain their power, as was made clear again and again last month at the seventh "Gathering for Gardner." These conferences of mathematicians, puzzlers, game-players and magicians at the Ritz-Carlton here began as personal tributes to Martin Gardner, Scientific American's legendary Mathematical Games columnist, and now take place without the master's presence (he is 91). During four days of talks and tricks, the oldest puzzles mixed freely with the newest. -- Edward Rothstein, TheNew York Times , April 2006

Personal Magicp. 1
Martin Gardner: A "Documentary"p. 3
Ambrose, Gardner, and Doylep. 13
A Truth Learned Earlyp. 19
Martin Gardner = Mint! Grand! Rare!p. 21
Three Limericks: On Space, Time, and Speedp. 23
Puzzlersp. 25
A Maze with Rulesp. 27
Biblical Laddersp. 29
Card Game Triviap. 35
Creative Puzzle Thinkingp. 37
Number Play, Calculators, and Card Tricks: Mathemagical Black Holesp. 41
Puzzles from Around the Worldp. 53
O'Beirne's Hexiamondp. 85
Japanese Tangram (The Sei Shonagon Pieces)p. 97
How a Tangram Cat Happily Turns into the Pink Pantherp. 99
Polly's Flagstonesp. 103
Those Peripatetic Pentominoesp. 107
Self-Designing Tetraflexagonsp. 117
The Odyssey of the Figure Eight Puzzlep. 127
Metagrobolizers of Wirep. 131
Beautiful but Wrong: The Floating Hourglass Puzzlep. 135
Cube Puzzlesp. 145
The Nine Color Puzzlep. 151
Twice: A Sliding Block Puzzlep. 163
Planar Burrsp. 165
Block-Packing Jambalayap. 169
Classification of Mechanical Puzzles and Physical Objects Related to Puzzlesp. 175
Mathemagicsp. 187
A Curious Paradoxp. 189
A Powerful Procedure for Proving Practical Propositionsp. 191
Misfiring Tasksp. 193
Drawing de Bruijn Graphsp. 197
Computer Analysis of Sproutsp. 199
Strange New Life Forms: Updatep. 203
Hollow Mazesp. 213
Some Diophantine Recreationsp. 219
Who Wins Misere Hex?p. 237
An Update on Odd Neighbors and Odd Neighborhoodsp. 241
Point Mirror Reflectionp. 245
How Random Are 3x + 1 Function Iterates?p. 253
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781568810751
ISBN-10: 156881075X
Series: Ak Peters Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st June 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1