Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers: And the Return of Dr Matrix

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 1997 - Mathematics - 319 pages
Here is another collection drawn from Martin Gardner's 'Mathematical Games' column in Scientific American. Each chapter explores a different theme, for example fractals, surreal numbers, the sculptures of Berrocal, tiling the plane, Ramsey theory and code breaking, all combining to create a rich diet of recreational mathematics. Most chapters can be readily understood by the uninitiated: at each turn there are challenges for the reader and a wealth of references for further reading. Gardner's clarity of style and ability systematically to simplify the complex make this an excellent vehicle in which to start or continue an interest in recreational mathematics.
 

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Contents

Penrose Tiling
1
Mandelbrots Fractals
31
Conwas Surreal Numbers
49
Back from the Klondike and Other Problems
63
The Oulipo
79
The Oulipo II
95
Wythoffs Him
103
PoolBall Triangles and Other Problems
119
Trapdoor Ciphers
183
Hyperbolas
205
The New Eleusis
219
Ramsey Theory 231
246
From Burrs to Berrocal
249
Sicherman Dice the Kruskal Count and Other Cun CHAPTER 20 Raymond Smullyans Logic Puzzles
281
The Return of Dr Matrix
293
Postscript
307

Mathematical Induction and Colored Hats
137
Negative Numbers
151
Cutting Shapes into N Congruent Parts
165

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About the author (1997)

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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