Mathematical Puzzle Tales

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MAA, 2000 - Mathematics - 151 pages
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Martin Gardner is widely known for his writing on recreational mathematics, not least for the myriad problems he has devised over some 25 years for Scientific American. In this book are collected 36 of his best brainteasers. These are not simply cunning puzzles, but serve to illustrate the art of the mathematician as problem solver, and their solution draws on ideas from topology, probability, number theory, logic and beyond. Fully worked answers are given, which in turn lead to additional problems for the reader. For anybody who likes to solve mathematical problems this book will be both entertaining and a challenge.
 

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Contents

LOSTONCAPRA
3
THE DOCTORSDILEMMA
5
SPACE POOL
6
MACHISMO ON BYRONIA
8
THE DEFECTIVE DOYLES
9
THE THIRD DR MOREAU
10
THE VOYAGE OF THE BAGEL
11
THE GREAT RING OF NEPTUNE
12
TITANS TITANIC SYMBOL
38
PROFESSOR CRACKERS ANTITELEPHONE
40
VACATION ON THE MOON
41
WEIRD NUMBERS FROM TITAN
43
LUCIFER AT LAS VEGAS
45
OFF WERE GOING TO SHUTTLE
46
THE BACKWARD BANANA
48
THE QUEER STORY OF GARDNERS MAGAZINE
50

THE TOROIDS OF DR KLONEFAKE
13
THE POSTAGE STAMPS OF PHILO TATE
15
CAPTAIN TITTLEBAUMS TEST
17
EXPLORING CARTERS CRATER
20
PINK BLUE AND GREEN
22
THE THREE ROBOTS OF PROFESSOR TINKER
23
HOW BAGSON BAGGED A BOARD GAME
24
THE SHOP ON BEDFORD STREET
26
TANYA TACKLES TOPOLOGY
28
THE EXPLOSION OF BLABBAGES ORACLE
30
DRACULA MAKES A MARTINI
32
THE ERASING OF PHILBERT THE FUDGER
33
OULIPO WORDPLAY
35
HOW CROCK AND WITSON CRACKED A CODE
37
BLABBAGES DECISION PARADOX
53
NO VACANCY AT ALEPHNULL INN
55
TUBE THROUGH THE EARTH
57
ROBOTS OF OZ
58
THE DANCE OF THE JOLLY GREEN DIGITS
61
THE BAGEL HEADS HOME
63
ANSWERS
65
FIRST ANSWERS
67
SECOND ANSWERS
103
THIRD ANSWERS
129
BIBLIOGRAPHY
147
POSTSCRIPT
149
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Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books on a vast range of topics including "Did Adam & Eve Have Navels?", "Calculus Made Easy", & "The Annotated Alice". He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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