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

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

byMartin Gardner

Paperback | February 28, 2007

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Of all of Martin Gardner's writings, none gained him a wider audience or was more central to his reputation than his Mathematical Recreations column in "Scientific American", which virtually defined the genre of popular mathematics writing for a generation. Flatland, Hydras and Eggs: Mathematical Mystifications will be the final collection of these columns, covering a period roughly from 1979 to Gardner's retirement as a regular columnist in 1986. The notable trend over Gardner's career is the increasing sophistication of the mathematics he has been able to translate into his famously lucid prose. These columns show him at the top of his form and are not to be missed by anyone with an interest in mathematics. As always in his published collections, Gardner includes letters received from mathematicians and other commenting on the ideas presented in the columns.
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.
Title:The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical MystificationsFormat:PaperbackPublished:February 28, 2007Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0387258272

ISBN - 13:9780387258270


Table of Contents

1 The Wonders of a Planiverse.- 2 Bulgarian Solitaire and Other Seemingly Endless Tasks.- 3 Fun with Eggs, Part I.- 4 Fun with Eggs, Part II.- 5 The Topology of Knots.- 6 M-Pire Maps.- 7 Directed Graphs and Cannibals.- 8 Dinner Guests, Schoolgirls, and Handcuffed Prisoners.- 9 The Monster and Other Sporadic Groups.- 10 Taxicab Geometry.- 11 The Power of the Pigeonhole.- 12 Strong Laws of Small Primes.- 13 Checker Recreations, Part I.- 14 Checker Recreations, Part II.- 15 Modulo Arithmetic and Hummer's Wicked Witch.- 16 Lavinia Seeks a Room and Other Problems.- 17 The Symmetry Creations of Scott Kim.- 18 Parabolas.- 19 Non-Euclidean Geometry.- 20 Voting Mathematics.- 21 A Toroidal Paradox and Other Problems.- 22 Minimal Steiner Trees.- 23 Trivalent Graphs, Snarks, and Boojums.