Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi: Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions

Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi: Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions

by Martin Gardner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521756073

ISBN-13: 9780521756075

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Packing spheres, Reversi, braids, polyominoes, board games, and the puzzles of Lewis Carroll. These and other mathematical diversions return to readers with updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries. Read about Knuth’s Word Ladders program and the latest developments in the digits

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Packing spheres, Reversi, braids, polyominoes, board games, and the puzzles of Lewis Carroll. These and other mathematical diversions return to readers with updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries. Read about Knuth’s Word Ladders program and the latest developments in the digits of pi. Once again these timeless puzzles will charm readers while demonstrating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other fields of mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521756075
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Series:
New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library Series, #3
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. The binary system; 2. Group theory and braids; 3. Eight problems; 4. The games and puzzles of Lewis Carroll; 5. Paper cutting; 6. Board games; 7. Sphere packing; 8. The transcendental number Pi; 9. Victor Eigen, mathemagician; 10. The four-color map theorem; 11. Mr. Apollinax visits New York; 12. Nine problems; 13. Polyominoes and fault-free rectangles; 14. Euler's spoilers: the discovery of an Order-10 Graeco-Latin square; 15. The ellipse; 16. The 24 color squares and the 30 color cubes; 17. H. S. M. Coxeter; 18. Bridg-it and other games; 19. Nine more problems; 20. The calculus of finite differences.

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