10 thoughts on “Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll & Reversi (New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library)

  1. Charles Charles says:

    Even though I have read most of his writingsthan once, Martin Gardner is one of the authors that will never take you down a path of satiation There is no question thatpeople have been turned on to mathematics or had their mathematical motor revved by Martin Gardner s writings than by any other person in history His signature writings were the Mathematical Games and Recreations column that appeared monthly for 25 years in Scientific American This book is a republication of 20 o Even though I have read most of his writingsthan once, Martin Gardner is one of the authors that will never take you down a path of satiation There is no question thatpeople have been turned on to mathematics or had their mathematical motor revved by Martin Gardner s writings than by any other person in history His signature writings were the Mathematical Games and Recreations column that appeared monthly for 25 years in Scientific American This book is a republication of 20 of his original columns, with subsequent addendum and postscript added.The titles of the columns are The binary system Group theory and braids Eight problems The games and puzzles of Lewis Carroll Paper cutting Board games Packing spheres The transcendental number Victor Eigen mathemagician The four color map theorem Mr Appollinax visits New York Nine problems Polyominoes and fault free rectangles Euler s spoilers the discovery of an order 10 Greco Latin square The ellipse The 24 color squares and the 30 color cubes H S M Coxeter Bridg it and other games Nineproblems The calculus of finite differences How Great Thou Art is the title of a religious song, but it could also be the signature phrase used to describe Martin Gardner and the role he has had in the development of the modern mathematics community That skill is demonstrated onetime in this book.This book was made available for free for review purposes and this review appears on


  2. Charles Charles says:

    If there were a mathematics of watching paint dry, Martin Gardner would make it interesting Without peer as a popularizer of mathematics, he is equally adept at explaining all areas This book, another updated collection of his Scientific American columns, is a twenty member set of polished pearls Although somewhat mundane as a descriptive adjective, the word readable fits his writing like a custom made body stocking.Always interesting and entertaining, reading his essays is somewhat like eati If there were a mathematics of watching paint dry, Martin Gardner would make it interesting Without peer as a popularizer of mathematics, he is equally adept at explaining all areas This book, another updated collection of his Scientific American columns, is a twenty member set of polished pearls Although somewhat mundane as a descriptive adjective, the word readable fits his writing like a custom made body stocking.Always interesting and entertaining, reading his essays is somewhat like eating tiny chocolate bars You can t get enough, each seems too small, and there are no negative side effects.Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission and this review appears on


  3. Noé Noé says:

    An excellent compilation of recreatinal mathematics, puzzles, activities and theories that challenge your brain and teach you something new It is very fun to go through the different games mentioned by the author if you like mathematics in any way, this is a must read.


  4. Jim Razinha Jim Razinha says:

    Not as many engaging puzzles for me in this one, but I still like reading the collections.


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