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Knots and Borromean Rings, Rep-Tiles, and Eight Queens


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Table of Contents

1. The paradox of the unexpected hanging; 2. Knots and Borromean rings; 3. The transcendental number e; 4. Geometric dissections; 5. Scarne on gambling; 6. The church of the fourth dimension; 7. Eight problems; 8. A matchbox game-learning machine; 9. Spirals; 10. Rotations and reflections; 11. Peg solitaire; 12. Flatlands; 13. Chicago magic convention; 14. Tests of divisibility; 15. Nine problems; 16. The eight queens and other chessboard diversions; 17. A loop of string; 18. Curves of constant width; 19. Rep-tiles: replicating figures in the plane; 20. Thirty-seven catch questions.

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Find new twists on knotted molecules, the hangman's paradox, cat's cradle, gambling, peg solitaire, pi and e in this book.

About the Author

For twenty-five years, Martin Gardner wrote 'Mathematical Games and Recreations', a monthly column for Scientific American magazine. These columns have inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to delve more deeply into the large world of mathematics. He also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print, and wrote a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine from 1983 to 2002. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies.


'Martin Gardner's fifteen volumes about mathematical games are the Canon - timeless classics that are always worth reading and rereading.' Don Knuth
'Gardner is a model teacher of mathematics, pushing others to take interesting side explorations, solve challenging problems, and enjoy the beauty of mathematics. This reviewer applauds the republication of his genius in 'The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library' series, complete with revised explanations, new insights, up-to-date reference links, and brief surveys of recent discoveries ... it is worth getting the new editions and sharing these new gems!' J. Johnson, Choice
'I recommend you approach this book on a Sunday afternoon, with paper and pen, a few biscuits for brain-power and a good hour to spare for puzzling. It is worth it.' Charlotte Mulcare, + plus Magazine

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