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Martin Gardner is the author of The Annotated "Casey at the Bat," Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions, Logic Machines and Diagrams, Martin Gardner's Sixth Book of Mathematical Diversions, and many other books.
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.
I lost my copy of this book, and wanted it for the description of Soma Cubes, and illustrations of forms that could (or could not!) be made with them. I used to make these for friends, with childrens wooden alphabet blocks, long before a commercial version (with smaller blocks) came out. The book is, as it says, full of puzzles and diversions for the mathematically inclined. It can be enjoyed even by those who do not want to get into all the mathematical why's and wherefore's of how something works. (Volume 1 has the chapter on Hexaflexagons, a wonderful bit of paper folding that looks two-sided but can be 'flexed' to show six sides. )
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