Puzzlers' Tribute: A Feast for the Mind

Puzzlers' Tribute: A Feast for the Mind

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by David Wolfe
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568811215
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/05/2001
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A Playful Tribute
In Memorium
A Greeting to Martin Gardner
Pt. IThe Toast: Tributes1
Harry Eng: A Tribute3
The Eng Coin Vise7
David A. Klarner - A Memorial Tribute11
David Klarner's Pentacube Towers15
Some Reminiscences of David Klarner19
Just for the Mel of It21
Mel Stover29
The Stack of Quarters33
Pt. IITantalizing Appetizers: Challenges for the Reader35
Crostic in Honor of Martin Gardner37
A Clock Puzzle41
Three Problems43
A Scrub Tile Puzzle49
All Tied up in Naughts53
Jumping Cards59
Six Off-beat Chess Problems65
Four Squares for Squares69
Pt. IIISmoked Ham: A Course in Magic73
It's All about Astonishment75
Shooting Craps Today79
The Transcendental Knot83
The Brazilian Knot Trick91
Mental Match-up97
A Labyrinth in a Labyrinth103
Paradox Squares Force107
A Face in the Shadows111
A Card Vanishing in a Nut113
Casey at the Fox115
Sleight of Hand with Playing Cards prior to Scot's Discoverie119
Cubist Magic143
"Impossible" Foldings147
Pt. IVChef's Caprice153
Coincidences155
The Bard and the Bible163
Inversions: Lettering with a Mathematical Twist167
All You Need Is Cards179
Calendrical Conundrums191
Two Poems205
Pt. VWild Game (and Puzzles)207
What Makes the Puzzler Tick?209
Diabolical Puzzles from Japan213
How to Outwit the Parity221
Inflated Pentominoes227
Pixel Polyominoes233
Pythagorean Puzzle235
Classic Six-Piece Burr Puzzle239
A Classification of Burrs245
Paving Mazes253
Early Japanese Export Puzzles: 1860s to 1960s257
Interlocking Spirals273
The Partridge Puzzles277
Pt. VIMathematical Entrees283
Fermat's Last Theorem and the Fourth Dimension285
Games People Don't Play301
Mathematical Chats Between Two Physicists315
How Flies Fly: The Curvature and Torsion of Space Curves327
Some Tricks and Paradoxes341
Pt. VIIMathematical Treats349
How Recreational Mathematics Can Save the World351
Variations on a Transcendental Theme361
Magic "Squares" Indeed!365
The Beer Bottles Problem373
The Fractal Society377
Four Games for Gardner383
The Sol LeWitt Puzzle: A Problem in 16 Squares387
Sum-Free Games395
Shadows and Plugs399
A Neglected Trigonometric Gem403
Kotani's Ant Problem407
Y2K Problem of Dominoes and Tatami Carpeting413

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