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About the Author

Martin Gardner, the creator of Scientific American’s "Mathematical Games" column, which he wrote for more than twenty-five years, is the author of almost one hundred books, including The Annotated Ancient Mariner, Martin Gardner’s Favorite Poetic Parodies, From the Wandering Jew to William F. Buckley Jr., and Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. For many years he was also a contributing editor to the Skeptical Inquirer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; Pub 1985 edition (March 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879752823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879752828
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,574 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Senn on September 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book contains many mathematical, and numeralogical puzzles and analyses. The author details all of his meetings and interveiws with Dr. Matrix. Dr. Matrix was a numerologist from the 50's to 1980, he was also a scam-artist involving mathematical scams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JC on October 16, 2004
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The author writes about his encounter with Mathematician/numerologist Dr. Matrix. Dr. Matrix had a unique method of predicting who would be elected the US president. Had he been alive today, we would know who would be the president in 2004 election without having to take all the polls. Kerry or Bush ? I thought this was one of Gardner's best books.

It is not all math and numerology. Gardner writes about his romance with Dr. Matrix's eurasian daughter to keep people with short atttention span engaged.
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By uraquitan? on August 29, 2011
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I enjoyed very much this book. Tha author is very clever. I'm thinking about to buy other Martin Gardner books.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bagula on July 15, 2009
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Mathematical Circus: More Games, Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Other Mathematical Entertainments from Scientific American ; With Thoughts from Readers, Af and Mathematical Magic Show: More Puzzles, Games, Diversions, Illusions and Other Mathematical Sleight-Of-Mind from Scientific American both left me expecting more of this book.
The main topic of this book is numberology and Dr. Matrix is a "fly by night" hero of the work.
Gardner sort of singlehandedly gives numerology a stink it may never live down. The human trait of trying to see "patterns" in the world around them
is carried to an obsession that is sociopathic that includes cabala and Mysticism.
I would have given it a two star, but there are still vestiges of the old Gardner in the points on a sphere polygons toward the end.
This book will make me look at all the Gardner books with a different eye.
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