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Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainments Paperback – October, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Freeman & Company (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716717999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716717997
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For 25 of his 95 years, Martin Gardner wrote 'Mathematical Games and Recreations', a monthly column for Scientific American magazine. These columns have inspired hundreds of thousands of readers to delve more deeply into the large world of mathematics. He has also made significant contributions to magic, philosophy, debunking pseudoscience, and children's literature. He has produced more than 60 books, including many best sellers, most of which are still in print. His Annotated Alice has sold more than a million copies. He continues to write a regular column for the Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

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I loved reading Martin Gardner's books since I was a kid. Unfortunately, though packed with mathematical curiousities, I found the present book a drag to read. Some chapters were particularly dry and others just too mechanical. The addenda to each chapter, trying to beat each topic to death, detract from the flow of the book. There are some nice problems in there, but you may want to skip some sections altogether.
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Gardner weaves the magic of mathematics again in this awesome math "thriller". After 'Time Travel', this is the second book I read, and I think Gardner does a wonderful job of going about math in a non-boring way. At some points of time, I had difficulty understanding whether I am supposed to be a complete novice or an advanced student, hence the 4 stars.
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This excellent collection of math games by the Polymath maestro himself Martin Gardne is worth every penny. A lot of these are from his Scientific American articles that appeared a few decades ago. So it's great to have them all in one volume, and a bonus, a lot if the games have additional ruminations and suggestions gathered between the time they first appeared & then published in this volume.
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