Mathematics, magic and mystery

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Dover Publications, 1956 - Games - 176 pages
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This is the first book-length study of this fascinating branch of recreational mathematics. Written by one of the foremost experts on mathematical magic, it summarizes, with considerable historical data and bibliography, all previous work in this field; it is also a creative examination of laws and their exemplification, with scores of new tricks, new insights, new demonstrations. In this volume, for the first time dozens of topological tricks are explained, dozens of manipulation tricks are aligned with mathematical law.

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User Review  - MrJack - LibraryThing

I created Gardner's "Square Variation" (pp. 132-134) in wood and fooled many people with it. Four pieces of wood form a perfect 8x8 checkerboard square. Then the pieces are rearranged to make a 5x13 rectangle. When you do the math, there is an apparent gain in area of one square unit! Read full review

Contents

TRICKS WITH CARDSPART II
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FROM GERGONNE
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TABLE OF CONTENTS ix
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About the author (1956)

Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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