The Last Recreations
collects the final works of Martin Gardner, the renowned "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American
. No prior knowledge of mathematics are necessary here; all will enjoy learning about topics ranging from Bulgarian solitaire to taxicab geometry, with experienced expositor Gardner as guide. Letters and updates concerning his column are also included in this book.
From Scientific American
Gardner, who conducted the immensely popular Mathematical Games department of this magazine from 1956 to 1981, presents here his 15th and final (he says) collection of those columns. There are 23 of them, culled from his last seven years of writing for the magazine. They deal with such engaging topics as "The Wonders of a Planiverse," "Bulgarian Solitaire and Other Seemingly Endless Tasks," "M-Pire Maps," "The Monster and Other Sporadic Groups" and "Taxicab Geometry." As in previous collections, Gardner brings his topics up-to-date and includes some of the letters from readers that his beguiling problems brought forth.