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Martin Gardner Reading List: Required!

Martin Gardner wrote a lot of interesting books dealing with recreational mathematics or science. Without any hesitation, I recommend all of these, sorted by year:

  • 1956, Mathematics, Magic and Mystery
  • 1957, Science Puzzlers
  • 1957, Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science
  • 1958, Logic Machines and Diagrams
  • 1960, The Annotated Alice
  • 1964, The Ambidextrous Universe: Mirror Asymmetry and Time-Reversed Worlds
  • 1975, Mathematical Carnival: A New Round-up of Tantalizers and Puzzles from "Scientific American"
  • 1976, The Incredible Dr. Matrix
  • 1978, Aha! Insight
  • 1981, Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus
  • 1981, Entertaining Science Experiments With Everyday Objects
  • 1982, Aha! Gotcha: Paradoxes to Puzzle and Delight
  • 1984, Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing (Test Your Code Breaking Skills)
  • 1985, Magic Numbers of Dr Matrix
  • 1986, Entertaining Mathematical Puzzles
  • 1987, The No-Sided Professor and Other Tales of Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, and Philosophy
  • 1987, Riddles of the Sphinx
  • 1987, Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments
  • 1990, More Annotated Alice ("supplement" to The Annotated Alice)
  • 1991, The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions
  • 1991, Fractal Music, Hypercards and More
  • 1994, My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles
  • 1995, Classic Brainteasers, Sterling Publishing
  • 1996, Weird Water & Fuzzy Logic: More Notes of a Fringe Watcher
  • 1998, Martin Gardner's Table Magic
  • 1998, Mathematical Recreations: A Collection in Honor of Martin Gardner
  • 1999, Gardner's Whys & Wherefores
  • 1999, The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition
  • 2001, A Gardner's Workout: Training the Mind and Entertaining the Spirit
  • 2001, Mathematical Puzzle Tales
  • 2001, Did Adam and Eve Have Navels?: Debunking Pseudoscience
  • 2003, Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries?: Discourses on Gödel, Magic Hexagrams, Little Red Riding Hood, and Other Mathematical and Pseudoscientific Topics
  • 2007, The Jinn from Hyperspace: And Other Scribblings—both Serious and Whimsical
And this is only a partial list! Be aware that many of them have been re-issued under new names, especially recently as part of a new MAA series.