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› Find signed collectible books: 'Ambidextrous Universe (Pelican)'
A fascinating look at how lefttness and rightness up and down are arranged in the universe.
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Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader.
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For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose--eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize--puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can't, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.
He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn't being stubborn when he said his "little finger" told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects.
The Emperor's New Mind will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in modern physics and its relation to philosophical issues, as well as to physicists, mathematicians, philosophers and those on either side of the AI debate.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Flight of Peter Fromm'
The Flight of Peter Fromm is a novel of ideas disguised as the biography of a young man from a Pentecostal fundamentalist background in Oklahoma, who loses his faith while a student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His spiritual odyssey is narrated by his mentor, a professor at the divinity school - who is actually a humanist who believes neither in God nor in an afterlife. Although Peter never abandons his theism or his admiration for Jesus, he reaches a point where he feels it would be hypocritical to remain within the church and to become the evangelist he had hoped to be.
The counterpoint between Peter and the narrator reflects the eternal conflict between theism and atheism. In following the changes of Peter's beliefs, almost every aspect of Protestant theology and ethics is explored. The evolution of Peter's faith parallels the evolution of Christian theology, from the day of Pentecost to contemporary liberal theology.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Further Mathematical Diversions'
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Martin Gardner is best known for his many popular books about science and mathematics, but in this collection he demonstrates that his interests encompass nearly everything else as well. No one will agree with all of Gardner's views, but it is hard to imagine a reader who will not find them exciting, provocative, and a pleasure to read.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions: The First 'Scientific American' Book of Puzzles and Games'
These clearly and cleverly presented mathematical recreations of paradoxes and paperfolding, Moebius variations and mnemonics both ancient and modern delight and perplex while demonstating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other mathematical fields.
"A classic."--Andrew Rothery, Times Education Supplement
"Martin Gardner has turned a trick as neat as any in the book itself. He has selected a group of diversions which are not only entertaining but mathematically meaningful as well. The result is a work which is rewarding on almost every level of mathematical achievement."--Miriam Hecht, Iscripta Mathematica
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Of all of Martin Gardners writings, none gained him a wider audience or was more central to his reputation than his Mathematical Recreations column in Scientific American - which virtually defined the genre of popular mathematics writing for a generation. Flatland, Hydras and Eggs: Mathematical Mystifications is the final collection of these columns, covering the period roughly from 1979 to Gardners retirement in 1986. As always in his published collections, Gardner includes letters commenting on the ideas presented in his articles. These columns show him at the top of his form and should not be missed by anyone with an interest in mathematics.
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The advent of the digital computer has rendered logic diagrams and manipulatives into historical footnotes. Nevertheless, they are significant in the historical development of logic as an area of mathematics. In this book Gardner describes the various ways syllogisms and propositions have been represented in diagrams, but he also spends a great deal of time explaining the personalities. Ramon Lull was quite a character. Early in life he was a hedonist, but due to a religious vision, was converted into somewhat of a religious fanatic. While some groups considered him divinely inspired and he has been beatified, the Dominicans considered him a madman and his prolific writings contain a great deal that could be considered heretical. He even wrote a book containing dialogues in which he and a priest argue as to which one has had the most preposterous life. On three occasions, he made pilgrimages to Moslem cities in Africa in order to engage in religious debates with Islamic leaders and point out the errors inherent in Islam. The first two times he managed to escape with his life, but the last time, at the age of 83, he was stoned to death by a mob. In many ways, it is thought of as his way of committing suicide. His logic diagrams were a set of circular manipulatives that could be rotated to create different combinations of symbols. Various symbols represented God, the soul, sins, virtues and other elements of religious belief. While they are of interest, after reading of his rather eventful life, they seem anticlimactic.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions from "Scientific American"'
Paperback with green boards. University of Chicago Press, Publishers. Phoenix edition 1983. Printed in the USA. Total 253 pages. Contains color and black and white drawings and illustrations. Pages are clean of markings, spine is tight and straight. Pages are lightly tanned due to age of book, but are in great shape. "Martin Gardner, the master magician of math, led millions through the labyrinth of mathematics with charm and wit in his poplular Scientific American Column. In this selection from those columns, Gardner instructs as he entertains and provides readers the opportunity to experience the essence of mathematical thinking, the pleasure of intellectual stimulation and free play." An excellent book that you will not locate in just any used book store and especially at our price! Hurry, best get this one today. *3BC3
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This collection of puzzles is taken from the author's column in "Scientific American" magazine and includes such puzzles as - if a piece of solid iron in the form of a doughnut is heated, will the diameter of its hole get larger or smaller?
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A delicious collection of optical illusions,memorable palindromes and mind bending puzzles.
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This delightful collection from the magician of math introduces readers to magic squares, the Generalized Ham Sandwich Theorem, origami, digital roots, an update of the Induction Game of Eleusis, Dudeney puzzles, the maze at Hampton Court palace, and many more mathematical puzzles and principles.
"Gardner is often the clown prince of science. . . . His Mathematical Games column in Scientific American is one of the few bridges over C. P. Snow's famous 'gulf of mutual incomprehension' that lies between the technical and literary cultures."Time
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› Find signed collectible books: 'The Night Is Large: Collected Essays 1938-1995'
In The Night Is Large, Martin Gardner has assembled forty-seven challenging and inquisitive essays into a work that places him at the heart of twentieth-century American intellectual culture. Delving into an immense range of topics, from philosophy and literature to social criticism to mathematics and science, with essays that date from 1930s to the 1990s, Martin Gardner has astounded readers with his insight and erudition. The Night Is Large is the crowning achievement of his extraordinary career.
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› Find signed collectible books: 'Order and Surprise (Oxford Paperbacks)'
This collection of essays by America's foremost polymath delves into some of the many fascinating subjects in which Martin Gardner has had an abiding interest. Focusing primarily on literary and philosophical subjects, Order and Surprise is the sequel to the widely acclaimed Science: Good, Bad and Bogus. Some of Gardner's best essays and reviews are included in this volume, such as:
"Why Librarians Dislike Oz"
"The Strange Case of Robert Maynard Hutchins"
"H.G. Wells, 'Premature' Anti-Communist"
"Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four"
"Is Nature Ambidextrous?"
"Beyond Cultural Relativism"
"The Popperism of Sir Karl"
"Keeping Up With Einstein"
In addition, Gardner has included many of his perceptive reviews of books by and about such authors as Franz Kafka, Thomas Wolfe, John Updike, Vance Packard, Colin Wilson, Lewis Carroll, and many others.
In some cases the author has modified the original texts, sometimes restoring passages removed by editors, sometimes adding new footnotes to update the material. In many cases, Gardner has added a postscript that allows him to comment on an article or review. Like the previous anthology, this book is divided into two parts. The first contains articles in chronological order of publication; the second, book reviews in similar order.
Order and Surprise represents Gardner at his best - incisive, witty, and urbane.
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Macmillan Co 1962 7th prtg. hardback 8.2x5.7 182p. Popular Science Living Library program with illustrations by Anthony Ravirlli.
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The Universe in a Handkerchief This work contains puzzles and paradoxes from Lewis Carroll, whose interests ranged from inventing new games like Arithmetical Croquet, to important problems in symbolic logic and propositional calculus. Full description
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Dorothy and friends return in this Oz sequel, this time to New York City, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz". Combining mathematical riddles with technological pyrotechnics and vivid suspense, Martin Gardner has created a new fable celebrating the power of imagination and the lure of an ageless heroine named Dorothy from the turn of the century.
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Best known as the longtime writer of the Mathematical Games column for Scientific Americanwhich introduced generations of readers to the joys of recreational mathematicsMartin Gardner has for decades pursued a parallel career as a devastatingly effective debunker of what he once famously dubbed fads and fallacies in the name of science. It is mainly in this latter role that he is onstage in this collection of choice essays. When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish takes aim at a gallery of amusing targets, ranging from Ann Coulters qualifications as an evolutionary biologist to the logical fallacies of precognition and extrasensory perception, from Santa Claus to The Wizard of Oz, from mutilated chessboards to the little-known one-poem poet Langdon Smith (the original author of this volumes title line). The writings assembled here fall naturally into seven broad categories: Science, Bogus Science, Mathematics, Logic, Literature, Religion and Philosophy, and Politics. Under each heading, Gardner displays an awesome level of erudition combined with a wicked sense of humor.
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THE WHYS OF A PHILOSOPHICAL SCRIVENER is a book that through six reprints has remained a dazzling tour de force, as unexpected, and idiosynchratic as Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter, Gardner's friend and successor at Scientific American. It
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THE WHYS OF A PHILOSOPHICAL SCRIVENER is a book that through six reprints has remained a dazzling tour de force, as unexpected, and idiosynchratic as Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter, Gardner's friend and successor at Scientific American. It
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