The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions

The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions Book Description Seasoned with Gardner's interest in the history and philosophy of science, this delightful book is a treasure-trove of puzzles, anecdotes, games, and logical theory. These intriguing problems, collected from Gardner's Scientific American columns, involve knots, interlocking rings, rotations and reflections, logical paradox, two-dimensional universes, chess strategies, and gambling odds. "Gardner conjures problems that are both profound and silly; exquisite truths and outrageous absurdities; paradoxes, anagrams, palindromes and party tricks. . . . He knows, better than most, how many amazing true things there are in the world."--Newsweek Description: This book contains amusing and intriguing problems involving knots, interlocking rings, rotations and and reflections, logical paradox, topological theory, two-dimensional universes, chess strategies, and gambling odds. Table of Contents Note to the 1991 Edition 1. The Paradox of the Unexpected Hanging 2. Knots and Borromean Rings 3. The Transcendental Number e 4. Geometric Dissections 5. Scarne on Gambling 6. The Church of the Fourth Dimension 7. Eight Problems 8. A Matchbox Game-Learning Machine 9. Spirals 10. Rotations and Reflections 11. Peg Solitaire 12. Flatlands 13. Chicago Magic Convention 14. Tests of Divisibility 15. Nine Problems 16. The Eight Queens and Other Chessboard Diversions 17. A Loop of String 18. Curves of Constant Width 19. Rep-Tiles: Replicating Figures on the Plane 20. Thirty-Seven Catch Questions Afterword Bibliography/table

Pages: 262    

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