9780521756075

Sphere Packing, Lewis Carroll, and Reversi: Martin Gardner's New Mathematical Diversions

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    9780521756075

  • ISBN10:

    0521756073

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Packing spheres, Reversi, braids, polyominoes, board games, and the puzzles of Lewis Carroll. These and other mathematical diversions return to readers with updates to all the chapters, including new game variations, mathematical proofs, and other developments and discoveries. Read about Knuth's Word Ladders program and the latest developments in the digits of pi. Once again these timeless puzzles will charm readers while demonstrating principles of logic, probability, geometry, and other fields of mathematics.

Table of Contents

The binary system
Group theory and braids
Eight problems
The games and puzzles of Lewis Carroll
Paper cutting
Board games
Sphere packing
The transcendental number Pi
Victor Eigen, mathemagician
The four-color map theorem
Mr. Apollinax visits New York
Nine problems
Polyominoes and fault-free rectangles
Euler's spoilers: the discovery of an Order-10 Graeco-Latin square
The ellipse
The 24 color squares and the 30 color cubes
H. S. M. Coxeter
Bridg-it and other games
Nine more problems
The calculus of finite differences
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