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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? These clearly and cleverly presented mathematical recreations of paradoxes and paperfolding, Moebius variations and mnemonics both ancient and modern delight and perplex while demonstating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other mathematical fields.
He has selected a group of diversions which are not only entertaining but mathematically meaningful as well.
The result is a work which is rewarding on almost every level of mathematical achievement. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Martin Gardners column "Mathematical Games" was in the magazine "Scientific American" for so long that he was more than an institution. This was the first of his books to take some of the ideas from the many columns and present them in volume format.
I first came across it in a British edition titled "Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions" in my early teens. From memory it took me around three weeks and two rolls of adding machine tape to finish with the hexaflexagons don't ask, just buy the book in the first chapter.
Mr Gardner deserves his reputation as a writer who can simplify complex subjects without talking down to the audience and this is well demonstrated in this volume.
Some of the later chapters deal with parts of probability and game theory that skirt around some complex maths while someone with little mathematical ability such as myself finds it easy to follow along. The prose is light and easily read while the subject matter is entertaining. I would recommend this book for someone mathematically inclined in their early teens or anyone in their mid teens or later.
I give it only four stars as it is now starting to show its age, otherwise it would have five. What you see absolutely reeks of awesomeness. I love Martin Gardner! Last month's reading, Knotted Doughnuts, was equally fun! This book is an amazing one and it is definetly recommended to the people who like math puzzles, games, or thought challenges. Also it is a great book to distract yourself. It is a book that you would like to keep in your shelf. Martin Gardner is a great writer and has other great books on many other different mathematical puzzles.
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Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions
Toggle navigation. Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First Scientific American Book of Puzzles and Games Martin Gardner These clearly and cleverly presented mathematical recreations of paradoxes and paperfolding, Moebius variations and mnemonics both ancient and modern delight and perplex while demonstating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other mathematical fields. He has selected a group of diversions which are not only entertaining but mathematically meaningful as well. The result is a work which is rewarding on almost every level of mathematical achievement. ISBN The file will be sent to your email address.