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The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystif

The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystifications - Martin Gardner

New York: Copernicus, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Contains: Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “More than any of his other writing, Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Games column in Scientific American cemented his reputation as America’s premier writer on recreational mathematics and set the standard for the genre. What’s remarkable about Gardner’s career is that while he remained unfailingly lucid and entertaining, the mathematical ideas he was able to make understandable to a lay audience gradually grew in depth and sophistication. Yet he has never lost his light touch. The Last Recreations collects Gardner’s columns from the last seven years before his retirement from the magazine in 1986. As always in his published collections, Gardner includes letters received from readers commenting on the ideas presented in his columns, as well as his own updates and commentaries.

In The Wonders of a Planiverse, we read about A.K. Dewdney’s remarkable explorations in Flatland — the land of two dimensions — as well as readers’ comments on Flat-land’s implications for subjects ranging from relativity to firearm design. Taxicab Geometry explores the bizarre properties of a surprisingly simple form of non-Euclidian geometry. Fun with Eggs delves into the rich history of lore and methods of egg balancing. One of the readers’ replies tells how to get hens to lay eggs with personalized notes inside. There are twenty other essays, on subjects ranging from prime numbers to checkers to the mathematics of voting, each more amusing and fascinating than the last.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Quarter-bound Red on Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [X] 392 pages.
£13.30

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