Puzzlers' Tribute: A Feast for the Mind

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" "". . . 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, The New York Times , April 2006

""This presents an incredible range of beautiful material, witty ideas, tantalising puzzles, intriguing problems, and surprising ingenious solutions. Anyone interested in mind-boggling problems will find plenty to interest them here."" -EMS Newsletter, November 2003"

From The Critics
The door to enlightenment is bewilderment, and the key is paradox. Such is the mantra of the latest collection of essays, some 80 of them, presented at the second through fourth irregular conclaves, Gathering for Gardner, at which mathematicians, magicians, and puzzlists honor Martin Gardner, their high priest. Much of the material is anecdotal about their craft, but of course many puzzles find their way in, not all of which require mathematical or logical adeptness. Each includes a bibliography, but there is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568811215
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/5/2001
  • Pages: 436

Meet the Author

David Wolfe
David Wolfe

Considered the world’s leading authority on raw-food nutrition, David Wolfe is the author of the best-selling book The Sunfood Diet Success System. He conducts 70 to 80 health lectures and seminars each year in the United States, Canada, Europe and the South Pacific, and hosts at least five health, healing, and beauty retreats each year at various retreat centers around the world.

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Table of Contents

A Playful Tribute
In Memorium
A Greeting to Martin Gardner
Pt. I The Toast: Tributes 1
Harry Eng: A Tribute 3
The Eng Coin Vise 7
David A. Klarner - A Memorial Tribute 11
David Klarner's Pentacube Towers 15
Some Reminiscences of David Klarner 19
Just for the Mel of It 21
Mel Stover 29
The Stack of Quarters 33
Pt. II Tantalizing Appetizers: Challenges for the Reader 35
Crostic in Honor of Martin Gardner 37
A Clock Puzzle 41
Three Problems 43
A Scrub Tile Puzzle 49
All Tied up in Naughts 53
Jumping Cards 59
Six Off-beat Chess Problems 65
Four Squares for Squares 69
Pt. III Smoked Ham: A Course in Magic 73
It's All about Astonishment 75
Shooting Craps Today 79
The Transcendental Knot 83
The Brazilian Knot Trick 91
Mental Match-up 97
A Labyrinth in a Labyrinth 103
Paradox Squares Force 107
A Face in the Shadows 111
A Card Vanishing in a Nut 113
Casey at the Fox 115
Sleight of Hand with Playing Cards prior to Scot's Discoverie 119
Cubist Magic 143
"Impossible" Foldings 147
Pt. IV Chef's Caprice 153
Coincidences 155
The Bard and the Bible 163
Inversions: Lettering with a Mathematical Twist 167
All You Need Is Cards 179
Calendrical Conundrums 191
Two Poems 205
Pt. V Wild Game (and Puzzles) 207
What Makes the Puzzler Tick? 209
Diabolical Puzzles from Japan 213
How to Outwit the Parity 221
Inflated Pentominoes 227
Pixel Polyominoes 233
Pythagorean Puzzle 235
Classic Six-Piece Burr Puzzle 239
A Classification of Burrs 245
Paving Mazes 253
Early Japanese Export Puzzles: 1860s to 1960s 257
Interlocking Spirals 273
The Partridge Puzzles 277
Pt. VI Mathematical Entrees 283
Fermat's Last Theorem and the Fourth Dimension 285
Games People Don't Play 301
Mathematical Chats Between Two Physicists 315
How Flies Fly: The Curvature and Torsion of Space Curves 327
Some Tricks and Paradoxes 341
Pt. VII Mathematical Treats 349
How Recreational Mathematics Can Save the World 351
Variations on a Transcendental Theme 361
Magic "Squares" Indeed! 365
The Beer Bottles Problem 373
The Fractal Society 377
Four Games for Gardner 383
The Sol LeWitt Puzzle: A Problem in 16 Squares 387
Sum-Free Games 395
Shadows and Plugs 399
A Neglected Trigonometric Gem 403
Kotani's Ant Problem 407
Y2K Problem of Dominoes and Tatami Carpeting 413
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