The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems - PDF Free DownloadAsk almost any mathematician who grew up during the s or s, and they'll tell you about the enormous influence Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games column had on them. Every month, Scientific American brought another of Gardner's columns, and we learned about some new bit of entertaining mathematics and had fun trying to solve the puzzles and problems. For the less ambitious, however, there are the two Colossal Books published by Norton. The book under review, The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems , collects a large number of the puzzles and problems that appeared in those columns, plus a few more recent additions. Every so often, Gardner would do a column which was simply a collection of short problems, and these seem to be the source of most of the material collected here. I often shock my calculus students by telling them of the long afternoon I once spent, in my teens, attempting to solve one of Martin Gardner's problems. The problem boiled down to computing partial sums of the harmonic series, and the solution depended on knowing that the series diverges.
The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems
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Finally collected in one volume, Martin Gardner's immensely popular short puzzles; along with a few new ones from the master. Martin Gardner is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his work. The author of more than a hundred books, he wrote the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and has been hailed by Douglas Hofstadter as "one of the great intellects produced in this country in this century. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Condition: New.
Martin Gardner. For more than twenty-five years, Martin Gardner was Scientific American's renowned provocateur of popular math. His yearly gatherings of short and inventive problems were easily his most anticipated math columns. Loyal readers would savor the wit and elegance of his explorations in physics, probability, topology, and chess, among others. Grouped by subject and arrayed from easiest to hardest, the puzzles gathered here, which complement the lengthier, more involved problems in The Colossal Book of Mathematics , have been selected by Gardner for their illuminating; and often bewildering; solutions. Filled with over illustrations, this new volume even contains nine new mathematical gems that Gardner, now ninety, has been gathering for the last decade.