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Frank Baum , and G. Gardner was best known for creating and sustaining interest in recreational mathematics —and by extension, mathematics in general—throughout the latter half of the 20th century, principally through his "Mathematical Games" columns. Gardner was one of the foremost anti- pseudoscience polemicists of the 20th century. Martin Gardner was born into a prosperous family in Tulsa, Oklahoma , to James Henry Gardner, a prominent petroleum geologist , [20] and his wife, Willie Wilkerson Spiers, a Montessori-trained teacher. His mother taught Martin to read before he started school, reading him The Wizard of Oz , and this began a lifelong interest in the Oz books of L. Frank Baum.
With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts. Dover Recreational Math. Martin Gardner. Dover Publications. Why do card tricks work? How can magicians do astonishing feats of mathematics mentally?
By Martin Gardner. Like many another hybrid subject matter, mathematical magic is often viewed with a double disdain. Mathematicians are inclined to regard it as trivial play, magicians to dismiss it as dull magic. Its practitioners, to rephrase an epigram about biophysicists, are apt to bore their mathematical friends with talk of magic, their magic friends with talk of mathematics, and each other with talk of politics. There is truth in all these animadversions. Mathematical magic is not—let us face it—the sort of magic with which one can hold spellbound an audience of nonmathematically minded people.
Make an eggshell turn a somersault, spin a coin so that it lands on "heads," teach a bear to climb a string, and perform other acts of scientific wizardry! Martin Gardner, the master of mathematical puzzles, shares more than 80 of his finest magic tricks, teaching children and adults the scientific properties behind water, air, fire, heat, motion, gravity, inertia, friction, electricity, magnetism, sound, and light. Fun and fascinating, the simple maneuvers require only basic everyday props, and those requiring matches, knives, boiling water, and other tricky items are marked with a symbol that lets kids know they'll need assistance from an adult. Helpful drawings illustrate each stunt. His work covers mathematics, magic, literary criticism, the paranormal, religion, and paradox, and he exemplifies the cross-pollination and hybridiza-tion that can accompany reflexivity. Book Format. In Deutschland wurde Gardner bekannt, weil der Physiker und.
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Martin Gardner was a once-in-a-century kind of guy. I own at least a dozen books authored by Martin Gardner, and each and every one of them is a true treasure. Title: gardner1.
Martin Gardner October 21, , Tulsa, Oklahoma is a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing magic conjuring , literature especially Lewis Carroll , "pseudoscience", philosophy, and religion. He wrote the "Mathematical Games" column in Scientific American from to and has published over 70 books. He popularized Deterministic Bulgarian Solitaire.
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