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The Last Recreations

Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystifications

  • Authors
  • Martin Gardner
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Martin Gardner
    Pages 1-25
  3. Martin Gardner
    Pages 45-58
  4. Martin Gardner
    Pages 59-65
  5. Martin Gardner
    Pages 67-84
  6. Martin Gardner
    Pages 85-100
  7. Martin Gardner
    Pages 101-120
  8. Martin Gardner
    Pages 139-157
  9. Martin Gardner
    Pages 159-175
  10. Martin Gardner
    Pages 177-190
  11. Martin Gardner
    Pages 191-205
  12. Martin Gardner
    Pages 207-220
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    Pages 221-232
  14. Martin Gardner
    Pages 247-266
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    Pages 267-284
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    Pages 285-301
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    Pages 303-315
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  19. Martin Gardner
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  20. Martin Gardner
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  21. Martin Gardner
    Pages 361-379
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 381-392

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Euclid Mathematica arithmetic geometry mathematics topology

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