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Get (and Read) Martin Gardner's Columns...Special Price!

Relative to Martin Gardner, I have no favorite web site for you to visit. If pressed, perhaps the best one includes links to several videos about Martin Gardner on the program The Nature of Things. Also, if you do a video-specific search for "Martin Gardner," many options appear, especially on You-Tube.

But, I have something else to recommend. A CD-Version of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games can be purchased and explored. In honor of Martin Gardner, the MAA is making the resource available for the reduced price of about $40.

The 4500-page CD contains the entire collection of his Scientific American columns, and it is searchable. The “Mathematical Games” column was published monthly in Scientific American from 1956 to 1986. To cite the product description: "In these columns Gardner introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the delights of mathematics and of puzzles and problem solving. His column broke such stories as Rivest, Shamir and Adelman on public-key cryptography, Mandelbrot on fractals, Conway on Life, and Penrose on tilings. He enlivened classic geometry and number theory and introduced readers to new areas such as combinatorics and graph theory."

In addition to a profile and transcripts of an interview with Martin Gardner, the CD contains these books:

  • Hexaflexagons and Other Mathematical Diversions
  • The Second Scientific American Book of Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions
  • New Mathematical Diversions
  • The Unexpected Hanging and Other Mathematical Diversions
  • Martin Gardner’s 6th Book of Mathematical Diversions from Scientific American
  • Mathematical Carnival
  • Mathematical Magic Show
  • Mathematical Circus
  • The Magic Numbers of Dr. Matrix
  • Wheels, Life, and Other Mathematical Amusements
  • Knotted Doughnuts and Other Mathematical Entertainers
  • Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments
  • Penrose Tiles to Trapdoor Ciphers
  • Fractal Music, Hypercards, and more Mathematical Recreations from Scientific American
  • The Last Recreations: Hydras, Eggs, and Other Mathematical Mystifications
Get this resource now...it will be money well-spent...not even counting the wealth of mathematical ideas that you will explore once you have a copy.