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Arithmetic and Algebraic Problems Two Turkeys Bixley to Quixley Dickering at Manilla What Was the Profit? The Bargain Sale The Cat and Dog Race The Man with the Hoe Trading Chickens The Chess Playing Colonel Uncle Sam's Fob Chain The Eccentric Teacher Tug O' War Puzzle The Three Brides A Problem in Diamonds and Rubies Missing Numbers The Mathematical Cop The Time Problems School of Sea Serpents "Cow, Goat, and Goose" Weighing the Baby Multiplication and Addition The Squarest Game on the Beach The Saint Patrick's Day Parade The Missing Pennies Stamps for a Dollar The Oracle Puzzle The Yacht Race The Battle of Hastings Mixed Teas False Weights Grandfather's Problem A Puzzling Mixture The Stenographer's Salary Tell Mother's Age The Pistol Match The Strange Building Loan Plan The Bottle Problem Count the Votes The Dutchmen's Wives Domestic Complications The Crazy Clock of Zurich How Old Will Smith Be? Puzzling Scales Heard at the Zoo Annual Picnic The Convent Problem The Fighting Fishes of Siam The Chinese Cash Puzzle Butcher Boy Probability and Game Theory Problems Carnival Dice Game Chickens in the Corn The Great Pool Puzzle Puzzleland Races Lord Rosslyn's System The Great Columbus Problem The Golf Puzzle The Boxer's Puzzle The Potato Race Puzzle The Mixed-up Hats Operations Research Problems The Four Elopements The Necklace Puzzle The Moonshiners of Puzzleland The Quarrelsome Couples The Hod Carrier's Problem Primitive Railroading The Merchant of Bagdad Plane Geometry Problems The New Star The Grindstone Puzzle The Hidden Star The Gold Brick Puzzle The Lily Problem The Lake Puzzle The Three Napkins Free Acres The Danish Flag Puzzle Geometrical Dissection Problems Good Luck The Sedan Chair Puzzle The Hoop-Snake Puzzle The Red Cross Lassie Puzzle Mrs. Pythagoras' Puzzle The Joiner's Problem The Pony Puzzle The Battle of the Four Oaks A Battle Royal Puzzle of the Red Spade The Patch Quilt Puzzle The Guido Mosaics The Smart Alec Puzzle The Young Carpenter's Puzzle The Moon Problem The Gingerbread Dog The Cheese Problem The Chinese Puzzle "Route, Tracing, and Topological Problems" Bicycle Tour In Ancient Greece The Bridges of Konigsberg Military Tactics Going into Action The Canals on Mars Back from the Klondike The Quarrelsome Neighbors The Boxer's Puzzle Heclai's Path Alice in Wonderland The Gordian Knot Counter and Sliding Block Problems Fore and Aft Puzzle Martha's Vineyard The 14-15 Puzzle A Chinese Switch-Word Puzzle After Dinner Tricks Duck Shooting at Buzzard's Bay Crows in the Corn Solid Geometry Problems The Plumber's Problem The Old Beacon Tower The Football Problem Plato's Cubes The Deadwood Express The Cheese Problem

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Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination. Martin Gardner: A Remembrance The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005. To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which - despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution - continues to be operative today. In the Author's Own Words: "Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs." "A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" - Martin Gardner

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