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ALSO KNOWN AS: This book originally appeared under the title Martin Gardner's Sixth Book of Mathematical Games from "Scientific American". CONTENTS: Introduction 1. The Helix 2. Klein Bottles and Other Surfaces 3. Combinatorial Theory 4. Bouncing Balls in Polygons and Polyhedrons 5. Four Unusual Board Games 6. The Rigid Square and Eight Other Problems 7. Sliding-Block Puzzles 8. Parity Checks 9. Patterns and Primes 10. Graph Theory 11. The Ternary System 12. The Trip around the Moon and Seven Other Problems 13. The Cycloid: Helen of Geometry 14. Mathematical Magic Tricks 15. Word Play 16. The Pythagorean Theorem 17. Limits of Infinite Series 18. Polyiamonds 19. Tetrahedrons 20. Coleridge's Apples and Eight Other Problems 21. The Lattice of Integers 22. Infinite Regress 23. O'Gara, the Mathematical Mailman 24. Op Art 25. Extraterrestrial Communication. SYNOPSIS: Martin Gardner, the master magician of math, led millions through the labyrinth of mathematics with charm and wit in his popular 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. Martin Gardner is the author of numerous articles for Scientific American, New York Times Book Review, and the New York Review of Books. His other books include Logic Machines and Diagrams and Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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