Hexaflexagons, probability paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi: Martin Gardner's first book of mathematical puzzles and games

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 8, 2008 - Mathematics - 193 pages
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Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi is the inaugural volume in The New Martin Gardner Mathematical Library series. Based off of Gardener's enormously popular Scientific American columns, his puzzles and challenges can now fascinate a whole new generation! Paradoxes and paper-folding, Moebius variations and mnemonics, fallacies, magic square, topological curiosities, parlor tricks, and games ancient and modern, from Polyminoes, Nim, Hex, and the Tower of Hanoi to four-dimensional ticktacktoe. These mathematical recreations, clearly and cleverly presented by Martin Gardner, delight and perplex while demonstrating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other fields of mathematics. Now the author, in consultation with experts, has added updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries.

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Contents

Hexaflexagons
13
Magic with a Matrix
16
Nine Problems
24
Ticktacktoe
37
Probability Paradoxes
48
The Icosian Game and the Tower of Hanoi
63
Curious Topological Models
73
The Game of Hex
82
Mathematical Card Tricks
109
Memorizing Numbers 1 15
119
Nine More Problems
123
Polyominoes
137
Fallacies
157
Nim and Tac Tix
166
Left or Right?
177
Index
189

Americas Greatest Puzzlist
94
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About the author (2008)

For 25 of his 90 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 has also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He has produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies. He continues to write a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

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